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NASCAR Race Named for Green Beret


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Green Beret John Wayne Walding was announced as the winner of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" contest during the 2014 CMT Music Awards broadcast. The program will rename the July 27th NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. At the race, Walding will receive a VIP at-track experience and hand the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane.

You can view that moment at CrownRoyal.CMT.com.

While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost the lower part of his right leg. After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate the Special Forces Sniper School. He completed the Army 10 miler on foot and the 2009 Boston Marathon utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Among Walding’s many awards and badges are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding was nominated for the program by his brother and lives in Little Elm with his wife Amy and their four children. He is the founder of Five Toes Custom, which employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide support and direction within their lives.


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