Troops Get Tribute at Texas Motor Speedway

5 soldiers cannot attend due to injury in shooting.

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Fort Hood soldiers played a prominent role in NASCAR's prerace ceremonies just 170 miles from the site of shootings that left 13 dead at the Army post.

There were 40 Fort Hood soldiers displaying the American flag during the national anthem Sunday. The number was supposed to be 45, but track officials said five soldiers scheduled to attend were among the 29 injured in Thursday's attack.

A moment of silence was observed for the fourth time during the weekend. The other observances came during the Nationwide and truck series races, and Sprint Cup qualifying.

A U.S. Army logo with the words "God Bless Our Fort Hood Troops" was painted on the infield grass Friday.

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