Samuel Deeds is an American hero, directly responsible for saving the lives of at least five individuals on two separate occasions. For this reason, Crown Royal and their fans have voted to name the “Your Hero’s Name Here” Brickyard 400 after Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Deeds.
We’ll be hanging out with Samuel all weekend as we cover The Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com (The Samuel Deeds 400 for short) and take part in a scavenger-hunt with a few other websites. But before we can talk about what’s to come, let’s talk about the how and why Samuel Deeds became the namesake for this race.
Deeds is a retired Marine whose selfless actions saved the lives of many fellow Marines in Iraq. During his deployment in 2005, Deeds came across an improvised explosive device (IED) while setting up a vehicle checkpoint on Khandari Market Road near Abu Ghraib Prison. When he saw two of his fellow marines approaching the area, Deeds exposed himself to the IED to warn them of danger.
He was severely injured by the blast, undergoing 30+ surgeries and procedures since then, and has received awards which include a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
In 2008, Deeds’ heroic instinct again kicked in when his actions saved the lives of three individuals who were caught in a rip tide off the shore of North Carolina. Deeds has been a NASCAR fan his whole life and to have his name on Indianapolis Motor Speedway means the world to him.
What the information above doesn’t mention is that Deeds rescued the swimmers only five weeks after he had abdominal surgery and refused rescue three times until everyone else had been taken care of.
The word hero gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but this man has certainly earned that honor.
Country music star Justin Moore also believes that to be case–he just released a song called “Heroes.” In addition to giving the song away for free, Crown Royal has pledged to donate $1 to the Armed Forces Foundation.
So join us on Sunday as we celebrate America with all of its fast cars, country music, and real-life heros at the The Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
You can watch the race on ESPN at 4:30 PM.