Miranda Lambert's "House" Poignant for NASCAR Driver

"[I think about] experiencing the flood of memories she describes," says Jamie McMurray.

Miranda Lambert's Grammy-winning hit, "The House That Built Me," has touched the lives of thousands, including that of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray.

Jamie's childhood home in Joplin, Mo., was destroyed when a tornado ripped through on May 20, 2011. The tornado killed more than 150 people, carving a path over seven miles wide through the center of Joplin.

“The house I grew up in, which my parents bought in 1970, was destroyed," Jamie tells Scene Daily. "All that was really left was the front wall and the brick fireplace. Now, I think of the Miranda Lambert song, ‘The House that Built Me,’ about going home to visit the place where you are raised and experiencing the flood of memories she describes. I can’t do that. My house is gone. I can’t even walk through it."

Like many, he's optimistic that his hometown will survive. "Joplin will rebound, however. It has to," says Jamie. "Joplin is strong and its recovery began almost immediately. It had to. It will not, however, get back to where it was in my lifetime, but it will come back."

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