(WTAP)- Thanks to a NASCAR initiative, Memorial Day weekend was special for many families of fallen soldiers.
The "600 Miles of Remembrance" program features the names of fallen military members on the cars of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and accompanying on-track vehicles in the Coca-Cola 600 that was held on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Martin Truex Jr., the winner of the event, brought the name of Parkersburg native Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Null to victory lane.
Truex Jr. said that winning the event was simply a bonus to honoring a deserving hero.
“I think the success part of it is just a bonus. You know, I was fortunate enough to have Nicholas Noll’s name on my car, to get to meet his family, they came to the track. Just to get to hear his story and the kind of guy he was and what he meant to all of us in this country is something special. So, really proud to be able to take his name to victory lane and his family…to show them the respect that they deserve for all they’ve been through,” he notes.
Truex Jr. finished first over 39 other racers.