"Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson led a prayer prior to the Sprint Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, April 9 (video below).
According to the New York Daily News, Robertson's duck-call company, Duck Commander, sponsored the NASCAR race.
Robertson, who endorsed Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in January, prayed:
Alright Texas, we got here via Bibles and guns. I'm fixing to pray to the one who made that possible. Father thank you for founding our nation. I pray Father that we don't forget who brought us. You. Our faith in the blood of Jesus and his resurrection. Help us, Father, to get back to that.
Help us dear God understand that the men and women on my right, the U.S. military. On my right and on my left. Our faith in you and the U.S. military is the reason we're still here.
I pray Father that we put a Jesus man in the White House. Help us do that and help us all to repent to do what's right to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Robertson didn't pray for the safety of the drivers, which was needed when the drivers had only 41 laps to go.
Driver Austin Dillon, No. 3, hit the wall a couple of times and slid in front of the other cars, causing a massive chain reaction that included Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard, reports Jalopnik.
"I haven’t seen the replay of the crash yet," Dillon stated after the race, notes USA TODAY. "We were on older tires, and I was trying to get all I could right there on the restart. It's part of trying to win a race, thinking two laps [on older tires] wouldn't mean that much, but it's clear tires made a big difference."
The newspaper notes that it was Johnson who hit Dillon's rear bumper, causing Dillon to spin into the wall, which quickly triggered the massive accident that involved 13 cars.