Nascar Coca-Cola 600 – A Race to Remember

By Faye Higbee

The Charlotte Motor Speedway will host tonight’s Nascar Coca-Cola 600 race. Marine Commandant Robert Neller will give the “start your engines” command tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern. All 40 cars, including the pace car, will have the names of the fallen on their windshields, as they have in years past.

The traditional Memorial Day race this year featured the US Marine Corps and its current Commandant, Robert Neller, who is due to retire soon. He not only will give the start command, but he was Grand Marshal of the parade before the race, according to the Marine Corps Times.

Driver William Byron earned the “pole position” because of his qualifying time of 29.440

William Byron, 21, is the driver of Chevy #LU24. There are 40 cars plus pace cars for the Nascar Coca-Cola 600. His car is painted with a decidedly patriotic theme – considering he’s been a student at Liberty University, one of the sponsors of his car.

Nascar wrote:

According to a news release from the school, Byron’s car will honor U.S. Air Force Captain Mark Weber on the windshield header. Weber, who died in a helicopter crash in 2018, also was a Liberty student.

“It’s an honor to be able to have Captain Mark Weber’s name on our car in Charlotte,” Byron said. “It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation to him and his family for the sacrifice he made for our country. Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway is already special to me as it is my hometown track and where I grew up racing. The 600 Miles of Remembrance makes it even more special with what it stands for.”

Most Nascar drivers are patriotic people. They don’t kneel for the National Anthem. They remember the fallen …and show respect for our Military. Thanks, Nascar, for being truly American! The Coca-Cola 600 Miles of Remembrance reminds us all that we are only America because of those who have shed their blood for us.

Featured photo: Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, holds up a Marine Corps flag alongside NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and Sgt. Maj. William C. Carter, the depot sergeant major, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., April 28, 2019. Larson visited the depot in preparation for the Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway held during Memorial Day weekend. Larson will drive a race car in honor of the Marine Corps. (Cpl. Andrew Neumann/Marine Corps)