NASCAR drivers to carry names of fallen service members in Coca-Cola 600

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For the second consecutive year, all 40 drivers in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will pay tribute to fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

As part of “600 Miles of Remembrance,” the top part of the windshield on each driver’s car will carry the  fallen service member’s rank and last name in place of where driver names are usually located.

Names of fallen service members also will adorn the pace car and grand marshal cars.

The tribute serves as the commemorative launch of “NASCAR: An American Salute,” an initiative within the industry to express collective respect and gratitude to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Fans can follow the conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.

“Each of the names proudly displayed on these race cars tells a story of honor and sacrifice,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “As the NASCAR industry reflects on Memorial Day Weekend, we’re proud to honor these and all fallen service members in a way that helps ensure their stories and lives are never forgotten.”

Many of the fallen members that will be remembered have direct links to individuals who work for NASCAR teams, including:

* Navy SEAL Denis Miranda, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010, trained in BUD/S alongside Graham Molatch, jackman for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team. Miranda’s name will appear on Kyle Larson’s car during the Coca-Cola 600.

* Lance Corporal Scott Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps with Mark Singleton, tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing, and will be honored on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 car.

* Furniture Row Racing employee John Parks served in the Marines with Jeffrey Bohr, Jr., a gunnery sergeant who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and whose name will be carried on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 car.

In addition, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again play host to and salute more than 6,000 active-duty military members and their families through the weekend.

Other activities scheduled for the weekend include:

* During Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will display red, white and blue Xfinity windshield decals on their race cars.

* Goodyear will replace the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during the weekend.

* NASCAR, Coca-Cola and Mars will offer a sweepstakes to shoppers at more than 180 military commissaries who will have a chance to win a trip for two to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.

* Race fans can help assemble care packages for the troops in the midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The care packages will include Mars candy and be shipped following the Coca-Cola 600 to deployed military members.

* NASCAR and Honor and Remember, Inc. will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who lost their life in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

* During the Fox Sports broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600, the names and branch of all service members who have lost their lives in the past year will by displayed on a graphic scroll.

* SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) will have a special military tribute Sunday at 1 p.m. ET., that will include interviews with drivers as well as service men and service women from different branches of the military.

Here’s the list of service members who will be honored with their names atop driver windshields in Sunday’s race:

 

2016 600 Miles of Remembrance
Car No. Driver Soldier Branch Soldier Hometown
       
1 Jamie McMurray LCPL Scott Albert Lynch Marines Greenwood Lake, NY
2 Brad Keselowski SPC Joseph T. Prentler Army Fenwick, MI
3 Austin Dillon SOC Mark T. Carter Navy Fallbrook, CA
4 Kevin Harvick LCPL Nathan Ross Elrod Marines Rockwell, NC
5 Kasey Kahne LCPL Eric Levi Ward Marines Redmond, WA
6 Trevor Bayne CW4 Jason William McCormack Army Enterprise, AL
7 Regan Smith LCPL Cody Steven Childers Marines Chesapeake, VA
10 Danica Patrick LCPL Benito “cheeks” Ramirez Marines Edinburg, TX
11 Denny Hamlin SGT John Davis Harvey Marines Roanoke, VA
13 Casey Mears SPC Christopher Shane Wright Army Tollesboro, KY
14 Tony Stewart MSG Paul D. Karpowich Army Freeland, PA
15 Clint Bowyer MSGT Tara Brown Air Force Long Island, NJ
16 Greg Biffle SPC Joel A. Taylor Army Pinetown, NC
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SP4 James (Jim) H. Woolard Army Manchester, OH
18 Kyle Busch PFC Robert Stephan Underwood Army O’ Fallon, MO
19 Carl Edwards CPT Edmond Jablonsky Jr. Army Pasadena, TX
20 Matt Kenseth PFC Christopher Neal White Marines Elizabethtown, KY
21 Ryan Blaney SMSN Cherone L. Gunn Navy Virginia Beach, VA
22 Joey Logano SPC Cindy Beaudoin Army Plainfield, CT
23 David Ragan LT COL Paul Keith Mikeal Air Force Mooresville, NC
24 Chase Elliott GYSGT Justin Martone Marines Bedford, VA
27 Paul Menard SPC Zachary Lee Shannon Army Dunedin, FL
30 Josh Wise SSG Robert A. Massarelli Army Hamilton, OH
31 Ryan Newman SSGT Jason C Ramseyer Marines West Palm Beach, FL
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt CPT Christopher Cash Army Old Orchard Beach, ME
34 Chris Buescher SSGT Eric A. McIntosh Marines Indianapolis, IN
38 Landon Cassill PVT Earl Platt Army Vestaburg, MI
41 Kurt Busch SGT Nicholas Ray Gibbs Army Stokesdale, NC
42 Kyle Larson SO3 Denis Christian Miranda Navy Toms River, NJ
43 Aric Almirola SSGT Forrest B. Sibley Air Force Pensacola, FL
44 Brian Scott PFC John G. Borbonus US Army Boise, ID
46 Michael Annett PFC Jacob Henry Wykstra Army Thornton, CO
47 AJ Allmendinger YN3 Wendell Williams Navy Cincinnati, OH
48 Jimmie Johnson SFC Kyle B. Wehrly Army Galesburg, IL
55 Reed Sorenson PFC Jason Hill Estopinal Marines Dallas, GA
78 Martin Truex Jr. GYSGT Jeffery E. Bohr, Jr. Marines Ossian, IA
83 Matt DiBenedetto CPL Jared C. Verbeek Marines Visalia, CA
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. LCPL Aaron Howard Reed Marines Chillicothe, OH
95 Michael McDowell PFC Andrew Mark Krippner Army Garland, TX
98 Cole Whitt CPL Michael D. Anderson Jr. Marines Modesto, CA
Pace Car CAPT Matthew Rolland Air Force Lexington, KY
Split Pace Car 1SG Kevin A. Dupont Marines Chicopee, MA
Grand Marshal Car 1 SGT Bryan Paul Abercrombie Army Clinton, UT
Grand Marshal Car 2 SPC Tony J. Gonzales Army Newman, CA
 
Branch Breakdown
Army 20
Marines 16
Air Force 4
Navy 4
Total Pairings 44

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