NKY Marine veteran gets NASCAR race named for him

Published On: Jun 28 2013 05:07:05 AM HST

A northern Kentucky Marine veteran's name will soon be known nationwide.

Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Deeds learned Thursday that he had won the naming rights for the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis as part of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" contest.

Deeds found out at a Flagship Park ceremony.

“Once I sat down, I saw in front of me they had the yard of bricks and some quotes from people I know, and I saw the empty spot and I looked at April and I said, 'This is it,'” Deeds said.

The "Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com" takes place on July 28.

Photos: Samuel Deeds 400 announced

During the ceremony, one of Deeds’ favorite NASCAR drivers arrived.  Kurt Busch will be driving this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway with a sticker on his car honoring Samuel Deeds and his service.

“Just to know my name is flying around the Kentucky Speedway is going to be great,” Deeds said.

His wife, April, nominated the decorated Iraq veteran and longtime NASCAR fan.

Deeds received a Purple Heart after he was wounded by a improvised explosive device in 2005, yet helped save a swimmer in trouble in 2008 while recovering from his injuries. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions.

“If it was up to me, it would be the 'Samuel Deeds Fallen Heroes 400'.  Not just for the guys that I served with, or not just for the men and women serving overseas, you know, every day we lose police officers and firefighters, so just encompass everybody,” Deeds said.

Country music singer Justin Moore debuted his new song "Heroes" at the Erlanger event.

“This is so inspiring. People look at what I do is something that really helps people," Moore said. "Maybe it does, but compared to what these guys and gals in our military do, it's minimal at best.”

Photos: Samuel Deeds 400 announced


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