NASCAR to honor two fallen Tri-State service members

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Over Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR and Coca Cola will be paying to tribute to two fallen service men from the Tri-State.

Sgt. 1st Class David Moore and Army Specialist William Jeffries will have their names and titles placed on the windshields of a car in the race.

Moore will be on the 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet driven by Chris Buescher.

Jeffries will be on the 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet driven by rookie Ryan Preece.

Each hero has a connection to one of the race teams.

Brian Burns, the lead engineer of the JTG Daugherty team served with both Moore and Jeffries in the US Army National Guard before joining the team.

NASCAR will be racing at Dover International Speedway this weekend.

Here’s more info on Moore and Jeffries:

David Moore

Car Number: 37

Driver: Chris Buescher

Team: JTG-Daugherty Racing

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Rank: Sgt. 1st Class

Military Branch: Army National Guard

Unit Name: 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry

DOB//DOD: 9/25/1965 // 2/4/2008

Bio: Dave enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1986. Dave was a decorated solider. He served three tours  Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. Dave served 20 years with the Army National Guard and passed away on February 4, 2008  from complications after being exposed to chemicals while deployed. SFC David Moore served in the US Army National Guard with the lead engineer for Chris Buescher on the No. 37 team, Brian Burns.

William Jeffries

Car Number: 47

Driver: Ryan Preece

Team: JTG-Daugherty Racing

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Rank: Army Specialist

Military Branch: US Army National Guard

Unit Name: 1st Battalion of the 152nd Infantry, Delta company, 2nd platoon

DOB/DOD: 11/7/1963 // 3/31/2003

Bio: Spc. William A. Jeffries graduated from Evansville (Ind.) Reitz High School in 1982 and spent a decade with the Air Force before joining the Indiana National Guard. He originally enlisted in The United States Air Force in 1987 serving as a Security Policeman and served there for 10 years. He then enlisted in The Army National Guard. He was deployed to Kuwait and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom until his death on March 31st, 2003. He was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard. Spc. Jeffries served in the Army with the lead engineer on the No. 37 team, Brian Burns.

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(This story was originally published on May 2, 2019)

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