A fallen Navy Seal from central Illinois is going to be honored at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Senior Chief Petty Officer William ‘Ryan’ Owens, of Chillicothe, will have his name on the windshield of defending race winner Austin Dillon’s #3 Chevrolet as part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance. All 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars in Sunday’s race will pay tribute to fallen members of the Armed Forces.
“Throughout our sport’s history, NASCAR has held the men and women who’ve served and continue to serve in the highest regard,” says NASCAR President Brent Dewar. “Each year, NASCAR Salutes unites our entire industry to honor and celebrate these heroes, and to reflect on the sacrifices each has made for their country.”
Back in January, 2017, Senior Chief Owens was killed during a raid in Yemen. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Somalia in 2015.
You can catch the race on WYZZ, this Sunday, at 5 p.m.