5 heroes vie for naming of NASCAR race

Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Five unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities have been chosen as finalists to have a NASCAR race named after them. The race weekend of July 29, officially titled Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, will feature country music stars The Band Perry, Justin Moore, The Mavericks and Greg Bates.

This race will mark the sixth time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to a fan. This year, the program focused on the unsung heroes, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers. Fans are asked to visit the Crown Royal Facebook page to cast their vote for the person they feel most deserving of the honor.

The five finalists are: Dale Beatty, veteran and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Purple Heart Homes from Statesville, N.C.; Lindsey Marquez, ICU nurse from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Curtiss Shaver, Fire Lieutenant and EMT from Troy, Ala.; John Thomas, Deputy Sheriff from Sarasota, Fla.; and Brandon Veatch, veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Bloomfield, Ind.