I love that Crown Royal, NASCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway have joined forces over the last several years to name the Brickyard 400 race after a hero. The Brickyard 400 will be called:
The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard!
Okay- well technically the full name of the race is Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com but that is too much of a mouthful to me so I say The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard it is.
Green Beret John Wayne Walding of Little Elm, Texas is a highly decorated Army veteran who served for 12 years, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost the lower part of his right leg. After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate the Special Forces Sniper School. He completed the Army 10 miler on foot and the 2009 Boston Marathon utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Among Waldingâ€™s many awards and badges are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding lives in Little Elm, Texas with his wife Amy and their four children. He is also the founder and president of Five Toes Custom, which employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide support and direction within their lives.
He was nominated by his brother and will get to see his name plastered all over Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he attends the July 27th race. Walding will take part in a VIP at-track experience that will include garage tours, pace car rides and concerts by Big Machine Label Group artists. He’ll cap off the weekend by delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane. Not a bad experience for what I understand is going to be his first NASCAR race ever! It’s the least we can do to honor one of our true American heroes.
As a side note, country music artist Justin Moore helped announce the winner live at the CMT Awards complete with a special guitar. That is one awesome looking guitar:
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