Two fallen central New York Marines will be honored by NASCAR as part of a special Memorial Day Weekend tribute during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26 (FOX).
As part of 600 Miles of Remembrance, the names of U.S. Armed Forces members who sacrificed their lives will be displayed on the windshields of each of the 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars participating in the race.
Two cars entered in the race driven by drivers Landon Cassill (#00 StarCom Racing) and Reed Sorenson (#27 Premium Motorsports) will respectively feature the names of Cpl. Kyle Schneider (Baldwinsville) and Jerome C. Bell Jr. (Throop).
Sgt. Bell joined the Marines in November 1998 and was sent to Iraq twice before his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. He served as a motor transport operator. Bell was killed Sept. 19, 2008 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device as he was riding in a Humvee while supporting combat operations outside Bawka in Farah province.
Cpl. Schneider was a 2006 graduate of C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Schneider entered the Marine Corps in 2008. He was later killed in action on June 30, 2011 in Sangin District, Hellmund Province, Afghanistan protecting his men.
The special tribute will commemorate the launch of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, the industry’s collective expression of respect and gratitude for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present.