Daytona International Speedway will be honoring six Medal of Honor recipients during Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to six Medal of Honor recipients during this week’s Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

It’s the second straight year that the “World Center of Racing” will honor Medal of Honor recipients, a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s.

The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:

• Joe M. Jackson, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Newman, Ga.
• Don Jenkins, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from Quality, Ky.
• Thomas Norris, retired U.S Navy Lieutenant from Jacksonville, Fla.
• Richard A. Pittman, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant from French Camp, San Joaquin, Calif.
• Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Staff Sergeant from Menasha, Wis.
• Michael Thornton, a retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer from Greenville, S.C.

All six Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 2 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 3.

There will be a special salute to the six Medal of Honor recipients between the National Anthem and the starting command, “Gentlemen start your engines,” for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

In addition, the six Medal of Honor recipients will take part in an autograph session with race fans in the Sprint FANZONE near the Goodyear Legends of Daytona Legends of Daytona area on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re proud to be continuing this program for the second straight year,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Through their military service to our country, these six men displayed bravery and courage in protecting the freedoms that we all enjoy today. We look forward to saluting them during the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on 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.

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 3 are available on online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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