Gase to run decal honoring students killed in accident

Joey Gase's #52 NASCAR Xfinity Series car will sport a Greenon decal that will also feature the pictures of David Waag and Connor Williams. Waag and Williams were killed when a black 2005 Toyota Corolla they were in the back seat of went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement. The two boys were not wearing seat belts at the time, the state patrol said.

Two people did survive the crash. The driver, Trey Blevins, 18 and the front seat passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, were wearing seat belts and taken to Soin Medical Center.

Mark Sanders is the fuel man and the team engineer for the 52 Jimmy Means Xfinity Camero.

"Shortly after the tragedy someone had created a "Prayers for Greenon" logo with the Greenon Knights G and also somebody had posted pictures of the young men," Sanders said. "Being a Greenon alumni, I graduated in 1979, it really shook me that two young lives were extinguished so quickly and so young."

He said he wanted to honor the boys who grew up in the same place he did.

[Sanders] said owner Jimmy Means also deserves credit for allowing him to put the decal on the car. Right now the decal will likely be on the car for this weekend's race and next weekend's. He said if there is space he'll try to keep it on the car for the rest of the racing season.

--- Springfield News-Sun ---