Special to Branson Globe
CONCORD, N.C. – Martin Truex, Jr.’s No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats and ATVs Toyota Camry will pay tribute to Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman of the United States Air Force with a patriotic paint scheme featuring stars, stripes and an eagle—the enduring symbol of freedom for the United States of America. Truex will pilot this special tribute car during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS).
The tribute to Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chapman, whose name will be displayed on the windshield of Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing’s (JGR) No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats and ATVs Toyota, is part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance. This event, held during the Memorial Day weekend classic, honors military service members who paid the ultimate price to defend freedom.
Sergeant Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Aug. 22, 2018 for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, in March 2002.
“We can never say ‘thank you’ enough to our brave men and women in the military—veterans and those in active service today—but we proudly honor and celebrate them and their families every day,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris whose father was a decorated WWII veteran. “All of us at Bass Pro Shops will be cheering on our buddy Martin, who’s a true champion in racing as well as in life.”
In addition to NASCAR support, Bass Pro Shops honors military veterans and families through the following key initiatives:
• Establishing a series of memorials honoring heroes at the College of the Ozarks campus in nearby Hollister, Missouri, including a Vietnam War Memorial, a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, the Korean War Memorial and a monument dedicated to the Global War on Terrorism.
• Recruiting veterans to join our team, with nearly 10 percent of our workforce comprised of veterans from the armed services.
• Donating millions to AmVets and USO through our oldest and most popular customer round-up programs during the busy holiday shopping season.
• Hosting events that help recovering veterans connect with nature including like Fishing Dreams, a series of special fishing tournaments for disabled veterans.
•Offering monthly military discount days resulting in nearly a million discounted transactions per year alone.
The annual Monster Energy NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day Race, NASCAR’s longest race of the year, is scheduled for Sunday, May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning at 5 p.m. CDT on FOX.
Other races scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, including the ARCA General Tire 150, and the United Rentals Patriot Nationals have been postponed to a yet to be determined date. The Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race will take place May 25 without spectators. The race will be broadcast on FS1 at 7:30 p.m.