Close this search box.


Video: B.J. McLeod Meets USMC Soldiers Following Coca-Cola 600, Signs Special Tires

(PC : Live Fast)

If there is one thing that cannot be denied, NASCAR’s effort to show its gratitude towards the United States Armed Forces goes beyond what many traditionally expect.

The pageantry the sport displayed featured everything possible in a nearly one-hour-long ceremony before Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. From helicopters, a 21-Gun salute, and thousands marching – NASCAR gave the sport and fans a chance to show their admiration for those in uniform.

Following NASCAR’s 600-miler, Live Fast’s B.J. McLeod met with a few members of the United States Marine Corps in the garage area. McLeod then took the time to autograph a set of the special Goodyear tires that teams ran during the race.

The interaction was caught on camera by Live Fast.

McLeod can be heard in the video discussing his appreciation for the soliders’ service to the country, complimenting their dedication and courage.

“I’m beyond appreciative of the Men and Women that have served and are currently serving,” McLeod said to “It is unreal the amount of courage those guys have. Because of what they do, we’re able to do what we do. The freedoms we have aren’t free. Racing on Sunday was dedicated to the service they provided this country and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

The No. 78 Mustang carried the name of SP5 Alton Reese Roberts, a Purple Heart recipient of the United States Army. The connection to the team runs deeper than many may think. Roberts is considered an adopted uncle to team co-owner Matt Tifft’s wife Jordan. Roberts lost his life in the Vietnam War after his helicopter was shot down in South Vietnam, at the age of 19.

As if the patriotism of Live Fast couldn’t be amplified anymore, the designer of the No. 78 for Charlotte was David Marrero, a member of the United States Military.

“To honor and remember the fallen on a national audience was the highest point on Memorial Day weekend,” Marrero told

Marrero started with the US Navy as a gunners mate in 1992-1996, before joining the Marine Corps infantry from 1997-2001. Following that, he spent time with the Florida Army National Guard from 2003-2018 infantry with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Fast forward to today, Marrero is with the Army Reserve as a Staff sergeant with the 623 inland Cargo transportation company.

The No. 78 Da-Quick Clip Mustang For Live Fast (PC : David Marrero)
share it

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Post

NASCAR penalty report Pocono Raceway RJ Otto Cordell Cahill 23XI Racing Bret Holmes Racing Phil Gould Niece Motorsports
NASCAR Issues Two Indefinite Suspensions for Substance Abuse Policy Violations
JD Motorsports closing down employees have all been laid off and team filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in April NASCAR Xfinity Series
Sources: JD Motorsports Lays Off Employees; Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in April
Joe Gibbs Racing Motor Home Fire New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2024
No Injuries Reported After Joe Gibbs Racing Team Bus Catches Fire at New Hampshire
Aric Almirola Bubba Wallace altercation Joe Gibbs Racing suspends Aric Almirola 2024 NASCAR
REPORT: Altercation with Bubba Wallace Led to Aric Almirola Internal Suspension
Chase Elliott Daniel Suarez confrontation Chicago Street Course video Grant Park 165
Video: Chase Elliott Confronts Daniel Suarez After Chicago Street Race
Joey Logano middle finger Denny Hamlin Nashville 2024 Ally 400 video
Video: Joey Logano Gives Denny Hamlin the Middle Finger at Nashville

Join Our Newsletter

Ready to have NASCAR news hand-delivered to your email daily?

Related Article