Monster Energy Series teams to honor fallen heroes with ‘600 Miles of Remembrance’
In what has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams will honor military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. Each car in the 40-driver field will carry the name of a fallen hero at the top of their windshield in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Learn more about the 40 individuals that teams will pay tribute to in the “600 Miles of Remembrance.” (C) Russell LaBounty/LAT Photo USA Russell LaBounty
Benjamin G. Moore, No.
1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Jamie McMurray will honor Army Specialist Benjamin G. Moore, 23, of Bordentown, New Jersey, who gave his life on Jan.
12, 2011 while stationed in Afghanistan.
Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff, No.
2 Team Penske Ford
Brad Keselowski’s car will feature SSgt.
Sprovtsoff, a member of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion. Sprovtsoff was 28 when he was killed during action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Joshua Thomas Harris, No.
3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Austin Dillon will pay tribute to Harris, Petty Officer First Class Navy SEAL from Lexington, North Carolina, who died during combat operations along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Aug.
Brent Morel, No.
4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick will honor Marines Captain Morel, 27, of McKenzie, Tennessee. Morel passed away on April 7, 2004 after his platoon was ambushed during a reconnaissance mission in the Sunni Triangle in Fallujah, Iraq.
Joshua R. Hager, No.
5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Staff Sergeant Hager of Denver, Colorado will be honored on Kasey Kahne’s car. Hager was killed in action on Feb.
23, 2007 while serving in Iraq.
Peter H. Burks, No.
6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Army 2nd Lt.
Burks, 26, of Dallas Texas will be honored on Trevor Bayne’s car. Burks made the ultimate sacrifice when he died from wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.
Alejandro J. “Poncho” Yazzie, No.
7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
JJ Yeley’s car will feature Marines LCpl Yazzie, a member of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California.
Yazzie was killed in action in Marjah, Afghanistan.
Scott Harper, No.
10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Marine Lance Corporal Scott Harper, 21 of Douglas, Georgia will be featured on Danica Patrick’s car this weekend at Charlotte. Harper suffered fatal injuries during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
John Harrison Keener Jr., No.
11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Army Air Corps Corporal Keener, born on Dec.
7, 1924, was a tail-gunner of a B-24 bomber. On July 17, 1944 during a return leg over the Polesti oil fields in Romania, Keener’s plane was shot down and crash landed in Yugoslavia.
Keener will be honored on Denny Hamlin’s car in the Coca-Cola 600.
Nathaniel Thomas Hammond, No.
13 Germain Racing Chevrolet
Ty Dillon will pay tribute to Marine Corps Reserve Corporal Hammond of Brighton, Missouri. Hammond died on Nov.
8, 2004 in the Babil Province of Iraq.
Terry D. Wagoner, No.
14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Clint Bowyer will honor Army Staff Sergeant Wagoner, who assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th US Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas.
Wagoner of Piedmont, South Carolina was in his second Iraq tour when he was killed by an IED while on patrol during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Christopher Ryan Barton, No.
15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Specialist Barton will be honored on Reed Sorenson’s car. Born on February 11, 1988, SPC Barton of Harrisburg, North Carolina joined the Army on December 30, 2008.
He was killed on May 24, 2010 when insurgents attacked his unit in the Khowst Province, Afghanistan.
Taylor B. Prazynski, No.
17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s car will feature Marines Lance Corporal Prazynski.
Born on Veterans Day in 1984 at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Prazynski died while serving in Iraq.
William Christopher Johnson, No.
18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Army Private First Class Johnson of Oxford, North Carolina will be honored on Kyle Busch’s car.
Johnson was part of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He died on June 12, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq.
Christopher W. Swanson, No.
19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Daniel Suarez will pay tribute to Army Staff Sergeant Swanson, who was born on February 11, 1981. Swanson was killed while serving his third tour in Iraq when he was hit by sniper fire while he led his squad during combat patrol in Ramadi on July 22, 2006.
Jeffrey P. Shaffer, No.
20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Matt Kenseth will pay tribute to Army Specialist Shaffer of Harrison, Arkansas, who enlisted on January 13, 2005. After being stationed in Iraq on August 13, 2005, Shaffer was killed on September 13, 2005 in action in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
Gregory Allen Belanger, No.
21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Army Reserves Sergeant Belanger, 24, will be featured on Ryan Blaney’s car this weekend at Charlotte. Belanger was killed on Aug.
27, 2003 when an improvised explosive struck his convoy vehicle during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Hallia, Iraq.
Anthony R. C. Yost, No.
22 Team Penske Ford
The name of Army Master Sergeant Yost will be on Joey Logano’s car during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Yost, Alpha Team sergeant assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died at the age of 39 as a result of an explosion inside a building in Mosul, Iraq.
Christopher Richard Hrbek, No.
23 BK Racing Toyota
Marines Sergeant Hrbek, 25, of Westwood, New Jersey was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. On Jan.
14, 2010 while during his fourth combat tour, Sgt. Hrbek was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Todd Tyler Christmas, No.
24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Captain Christmas will be on Chase Elliott’s car for NASCAR’s Memorial Day classic.
Born on March 8, 1978 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Christmas passed away on Nov.
29, 2004 while traveling in a Blackhawk helicopter when it collided with a guy wire near Waco, Texas.
Lloyd Harold Tussey, No.
27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tussey will be honored on Paul Menard’s car. Tussey joined the Navy in 1938 and was killed during the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec.
7, 1941. Tussey’s great nephew, Troy, is a current shop mechanic for Monster Energy Series operations at RCR.
Daniel Freeman Swaim, No.
31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Ryan Newman and team will pay tribute to Marines Lance Corporal Swaim, 19, of Yadkinville, North Carolina.
Swaim was killed Nov.
10, 2005 while searching for insurgents outside of Husayba, Iraq. Cruz Gonzalez, a gas man on the No.
31 pit crew, was a cousin to LCpl. Swaim.
Riley Elam Baker, No.
32 Go Fas Racing Ford
Marines Corporal Baker will be on Matt DiBenedetto’s No.
32 for the Coca-Cola 600. Baker joined the Marine Corps in 2003, serving two tours in Iraq as a scout sniper and team leader of the 3rd Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Baker was killed on June 22, 2006 in Al Ramadi, Iraq in the line of duty.
Aaron D. Gautier, No.
33 Circle Sport/TMG Chevrolet
Jeffrey Earnhardt will pay tribute to Army Corporal Gautier, 19, of Hampton Virginia.
Cpl. Gautier died on May 17, 2007 from wounds suffered when his mounted patrol came in contact with enemy forces and an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.
Michael E. Murdock, No.
34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
Landon Cassill and the No.
34 team will pay homage to Army Private Murdock, 22, of Chocowinity, North Carolina. Pvt.
Murdock died Sept.
11, 2008 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan of wounds suffered at Combat Outpost Lybert, Afghanistan when he was struck by enemy fire.
Jason Lewis, No.
37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Chris Buescher will honor Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Lewis of Brookfield, Connecticut. Lewis enlisted in the Navy on July 22, 1996 and graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
He died on July 6, 2007.
Michael Strange, No.
38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
The name of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Strange of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be on David Ragan’s car. Strange died on Aug.
6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.
Robert Schrack Matern, No.
41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kurt Busch and team will honor Marine Sergeant Matern of Worcester, Massachusetts. Matern was killed in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant of the Second Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1967.
David Taylor, No.
42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
The name of Army Specialist Taylor of Dixon, Kentucky will be honored on Kyle Larson’s car this Memorial Day weekend. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Taylor died March 29, 2012 in Zharif Khel, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan of wounds caused by an accident at an ammunition supply point.
Mark A. Forester, No.
43 Richard Petty Motorsports
43 team will pay tribute to Air Force Senior Airman Forester of Haleyville, Alabama. Forester joined the military shortly after the September 11 attacks to fight terrorism.
Forester was fatally wounded during combat on Sept.
29, 2010. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions during that battle, and the Purple Heart for paying the ultimate price for freedom.
Douglas J. Green, No.
47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Army Specialist Green of Sterling, Virginia will be featured on AJ Allmendinger’s car. SPC Green enlisted in the Army in 2007 right after graduating high school.
Green lost his life on Aug.
28, 2011 at the age of 23 while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was killed in action when insurgents attacked his unit using a makeshift bomb and small arms fire.
Michael Rodriguez, No.
48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Specialist Rodriguez, 20, will be on Jimmie Johnson’s No.
48, which was unveiled recently during a special event at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rodriguez of Sanford, North Carolina, a fourth-generation soldier, died April 23, 2007 while serving his country in Iraq.
Matthew Sluss-Tiller, No.
51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
Army Sergeant 1st Class Sluss-Tiller of Lawrence County, Kentucky will be honored on Timmy Hill’s car this weekend.
In 1993, he enlisted in the Army as a signal specialist and served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Kitzengin, Germany and Kuwait. Tiller passed away on Feb.
3, 2010 in Timagara, Pakistan.
Brandon Forrest Eggleston, No.
55 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Staff Sergeant Eggleston’s name will be featured on Derrike Cope’s car in the Coke 600.
Eggleston, 29, of Raeford, North Carolina was killed when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol on April 26, 2012 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Paul Drasutis, No.
72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
The name of Army National Guard Sergeant 1st Class Drasutis of Defiance, Ohio will ride with Cole Whitt.
Drasutis served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan before passing away on April 6, 2014. Drasutis was about to retire from a 30-year military career having served in the Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve and the Army National Guard.
Matthias N. Hanson, No.
77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Erik Jones will carry the name of Marines Lance Corporal Hanson on his No.
77 in the Coke 600. Hanson, 20, of Buffalo, Kentucky, died Feb.
21 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
John C. Yates, No.
78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Marines Second Lieutenant Yates will be on Martin Truex Jr.’s car, the defending winner of the Coca-Cola 600. Yates served three tours of duty during the Vietnam War.
He received a battlefield commission, Second Lieutenant, effective Oct.
15, 1968 two days before being killed in action on Oct.
17, 1968 in the Quang Tri Province of South Vietnam.
Brandon A. “Bull” Barrett, No.
83 BK Racing Toyota
Corey LaJoie will race with Marines Capt. Barrett’s name on the top of the windshield during the Memorial Day weekend at CMS.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico native was a member of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. On May 5, 2010, Capt. Barrett, 27, was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
James McClamrock, No.
88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Army Private 1st Class McClamrock of Huntersville, North Carolina will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No.
88 in his final Cola-Cola 600. McClamrock was shot as he and other members of his unit were about to leave for a mission with some of the Iraqi forces they had trained on Sept.
7, 2010 at Balad Air Base in Iraq.
Nick Newby, No.
95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Michael McDowell will pay tribute to Army Specialist Newby of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, who was killed on July 7, 2011 when his convoy was hit by an IED.