RACE PREVIEW: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Ty Dillon and GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 Team Return to Charlotte Motor Speedway to Honor PFC Anthony on Memorial Day Weekend
For Memorial Day weekend, Ty Dillon and the Germain Racing team will take the GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 to Charlotte Motor Speedway. As part of Memorial Day celebrations to honor fallen men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, the team will pay tribute to PFC Charlie C. Anthony of the U.S. Army who made the ultimate sacrifice defending his country in the Vietnam War. PFC Anthony’s name will be on the windshield header for the full weekend.
Dillon has two previous starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the 1.5-mile track, both in 2017 with the GEICO Racing team. He was taken out of the annual Coca-Cola 600 with a mechanical issue and finished in 21st place in the fall race. He also has logged eight starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning four top-10 finishes. His highest finish of sixth place came in the fall of 2015. He has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Charlotte. He won the pole award in 2012 and followed that up with a second-place starting position in 2013. Dillon earned top-10 finishes in both races, earning his best finish of fifth place in 2013.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
What are you most looking forward to as we head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Memorial Day weekend?
“Memorial Day weekend is always a special time at the racetrack. NASCAR does such a great job throughout the year to honor our service men and women, but this weekend we get to go the extra mile and honor individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our team has chosen to honor PFC Charlie Anthony. He has a special connection to our team being from Naples, FL, the same town as our team owner Bob Germain. He is a true hero. He lost his life protecting his unit from insurgents during the Vietnam War. It’s a sacrifice that we can never repay, but it’s so important to take every opportunity that we can to say ‘thank you’ to his family. His widow, daughter, brother and their families are coming up to spend race day with us, and I can’t wait for them to see Charlie’s name on our GEICO Military Camaro ZL1.”
In town early for race weekend? Dillon will be at RCR Fan Appreciation day on Wednesday to meet fans and sign autographs at the race shop he grew up in.
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: RCR Museum - 236 Industrial Dr, Lexington, NC 27295
On Thursday, he will join Richard Childress, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, NC. Autograph wristbands will be given out to the first 150 people in line at 10:00 a.m. ET prior to the appearance.
When: Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: Bass Pro Shops – 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027
Dillon will also be around town on Friday afternoon, appearing at the Walmart Supercenter in Concord, NC, with Nexium® 24HR to sign autographs.
When: Friday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Walmart – 5825 Thunder Rd., Concord, NC 28027
On Friday, Dillon can be found on Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte! He will be at the GEICO display to keep the race weekend excitement going by meeting fans, taking photos, signing autographs and more!
When: Friday, May 25 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Where: Speed Street – Uptown Charlotte
Dillon will visit the Trackside Live stage on race day afternoon to answer questions, sign autographs and compete against a few lucky fans in games.
When: Sunday, May 27 at 2:50 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone
About PFC Charlie C. Anthony
PFC Anthony lived with his parents and siblings in Naples, Florida. He attended George Washington Carver High School where he was a star basketball player and track runner. During the summer of 1968, PFC Anthony was drafted into the United States Army. In December 1968, knowing he soon would be sent to fight in the Vietnam War, he married his childhood sweetheart, Laura Smith. They had one daughter, Cassandra.
On March 7, 1969, PFC Anthony was assigned to serve with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of the 11th Infantry Brigade in the Vietnam War; and, at the age of 23, made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America when he was killed in action on May 12, 1969 near Xuan Thanh, a small village in South Vietnam. Posthumously, PFC Anthony was honored with the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.