An Indiana veteran could have one of NASCAR's biggest races named in his honor.
Brandon Veatch, 36, of Bloomfield, is a finalist in Crown Royal's annual Your Hero's Name Here contest, which honors military members and first responders.
If he's picked to win the grand prize, the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29 would be renamed the Brandon Veatch 400.
Veatch served eight years in the U.S. Army Special Forces and was deployed once to Baghdad and once to northern Iraq.
He was injured fighting off three separate ambushes while intercepting a kidnapping in the streets of Baghdad in 2004 and was awarded a Purple Heart in February.
Veatch, who works as an acquisitions management specialist at the Navy at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, said he's honored to be among the contest finalists.
"There are a million and one things I am looking forward to, I cant just pick one," he said. "I would just feel privileged to represent so many heroes."
All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race. The grand prize winner will wave the green flag and deliver the trophy bearing his or her name to the winner in victory lane.
Those 21 and older can vote for Veatch on Crown Royal's Facebook page
Voting runs through June 28, and the grand prize winner will be announced in July.
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