Landon Cassill and the No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford team will remember a North Carolina U.S. Army Private as part of their patriotic paint scheme for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. The decal across the top of the windshield of the Ford Fusion will display the name of Pvt. Michael Murdock of Chocowinity, N.C., killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2008.
The 22-year-old was on his first deployment when his base was attacked by enemy fire. His unit was based out of Ford Hood, Texas.
"We are proud to have Pvt. Murdock's name on our car for the Memorial Day weekend," Cassill said. "We recognize, not just on this holiday, but every day, that there are men and women who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It will be our honor to welcome his mother at the race on Sunday and to race 600 miles in the name of this American hero."
The CSX Ford will race with a special red, white and blue paint scheme for Sunday's 600-mile race, honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
David Ragan's No. 38 team will remember a highly decorated Navy SEAL as part of NASCAR's "600 Miles of Remembrance" this Memorial Day weekend. The camouflage-schemed Jacob Companies Ford Fusion will carry the name of Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
The 25-year-old Philadelphia native was a Navy Cryptologist Technician based with an East-Coast SEAL team. He died from wounds suffered when his Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission in Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Strange had numerous decorations, including two Joint Service Commendation Medals and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
"Paying tribute to the men and women of our military, especially those who paid the ultimate price for their service, has always been important to all of us in the NASCAR community," Ragan said. "The '600 Miles of Remembrance' helps each team to put a spotlight on and pay respect to one particular service member. We can share a name, a face and a story, and make it a more personal tribute. Michael Strange was a hero, and we're proud to have him riding along with us this Memorial Day weekend."
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