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NASCAR XFINITY Series Teams Saluting Armed Forces At Daytona


In a salute to America’s finest military personnel, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields during Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona.

The 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Marine Raider Battalion and the USS New York (LPD-21) are among the military units and installations from all five branches that will replace the “XFINITY” header on NASCAR XFINITY Series cars.

The event is part of NASCAR’s ongoing “An American Salute” program, which honors active, former, or deceased military personnel during the summer months. Last month, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race teams honored 40 fallen service members with 600 Miles of Remembrance, a similar tribute during Memorial Day Weekend.

Several NASCAR XFINITY Series teams have personal or direct connections to the units displayed on their race cars.

  • Driver Brendan Gaughan’s windshield will read “23RD STS,” representing the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (U.S. Air Force) from Hurlburt Field in Fort Walton, Fla. Gaughan is one of a handful of civilians recognized as an Honorary Member of the Combat Control Association.
  • Elliott Sadler’s windshield will be adorned with Fort Campbell to honor JR Motorsports employee Lee Langley, who served for six years at the Army base as an infantry team leader in the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones both work with Hope 4 Warriors and will honor 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines and 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, respectively, from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Justin Allgaier will honor the U.S. Air Force 469th Flight Training Squadron through a personal connection, as Allgaier is friends with Major Robert Harms, one of the pilots serving in that specific unit. The squadron operates out of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.