NASCAR gives free race tickets to the first responders of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plane crash

(Source: Carter County Sheriff's Office)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (CNN/KWCH/AP) NASCAR paid back the first responders of the plane crash that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family survived with a night at the races.

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In a Facebook post, the Carter County Tennessee Sheriff's Office said it got free tickets to the Bristol Motor Speedway night race along with others who responded to the crash.

"We had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race! A big thank you to NASCAR for giving us and all the agencies that responded to Dale Jr.'s plane crash free tickets!," the post said.

Earnhardt was taken to a hospital for evaluation after a crash in east Tennessee. He was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots.

Although he was scheduled to be at the race, NBC Sports, Earnhardt and his team agreed that he should take the weekend off to be with his family.