Two Medal of Honor recipients to be honored during Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway

Photos for Headline Surfer / Medal of Honor recipients shown above are going to be being recognized during the 61st annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend (July 4-6)at Daytona International Speedway are Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell (Vietnam), and Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer (War in Afghanistan). 
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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two Medal of Honor recipients, both representing the U.S. Army, will be honored during the 61st annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend (July 4-6) at Daytona International Speedway.

This is the 11th consecutive year that Daytona International Speedway has saluted Medal of Honor recipients, a tradition instituted in the 1970s by the late Bill France Sr., the founder of Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR.

Being recognized this year are Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell, (Vietnam) and Staff Sergeant Ronald Shurer (War in Afghanistan), who received the honor in a White House ceremony in October 2018.

Throughout the course of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, these two recipients will participate in the following:

  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers meetings;
  • Pre-race ceremonies for both the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 5 and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday;
  • Autograph session in the UNOH Fanzone on Saturday night, prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 race.

“Hosting Medal of Honor recipients is a tradition in and of itself for our Independence holiday weekend,” said Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway.

“Real American heroes and the greatest American sport, NASCAR, are a perfect match for our facility, our industry – and our fans. We are, as always, privileged to have recipients join us for our red, white and blue celebration.”

Medal of Honor / Headline Surfer InfographicChip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway / Headlin Surfer“Hosting Medal of Honor recipients is a tradition in and of itself for our Independence holiday weekend,” said Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway, shown here.

“Real American heroes and the greatest American sport, NASCAR, are a perfect match for our facility, our industry – and our fans. We are, as always, privileged to have recipients join us for our red, white and blue celebration.”

The Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration given by the United States Government, is bestowed upon a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

More information on the recipients of the Medal of Honor may be found at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-archive.php.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.