Sunday, May 29, 2011

Coca-Cola 600: A salute to our troops


NASCAR will do a special salute to the troops this Sunday night before the boys take to the track for 600 miles of racing. A number of drivers will feature a special patriotic paint scheme on their cars and today's grand marshal is Master Sgt. William Gibson, who was the first service member with an above-the-knee amputation to return to battle.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and to many, that means grilling, boating, camping or relaxing at home enjoying the day off from work. To many others, it’s a day to remember the ones we lost in our Armed Forces.

Today, I’ve decided that since NASCAR  honors our U.S. Armed Forces and with me personally having many friends who have bravely served our country in the last 11 years or longer, I wanted to send a special salute, a special thank you in this blog. I'm also sending a salute to all who serve, regardless if I know you or not.

Today, drivers are being sponsored by different branches and so if you serve for these branches, look for them on the track:

To the friends I’ve made who served at Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford Mass, also known as the “Beantown Crew” including: Chris Zilka, Phil Rose, Jamie and Chris, Matt Sicola., Nathan Layton/Shelah Jokinen Layton, Adam Howes, Chris Walters: A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the No. 43 Ford for Petty Motorsports, starting second tonight and is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.

To Brian Duchane and all serving in the U.S. Army: Ryan Newman is sponsored by the U.S. Army and he will be starting the No. 39 Chevrolet in 12th.

To Ana Cutting and all who serve in the National Guard: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet. He’s starting 25th tonight.

Jimmie Johnson is starting in sixth and is sponsored by Lowes Summer Salute and he's honoring everyone who serve in the military.

David Reutimann is driving the No. 00 Aaron's Armed Forces Foundation Toyota starting in seventh, and last but certainly not least, Dave Blaney is in 42nd and his No. 36 Chevy is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans.

Kevin Harvick, who starts tonight 28th, will also drive a special version of his No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, he calls it a "bad-a** jet-fighter looking car."

Once again, from myself and everyone at Skirts and Scuffs, thanks to all the United States servicemen and women who have proudly served our country, past or present.

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