RICHMOND, VA. (2/4/2011) Track Release – The polls are now open to vote for the winner of the Crown Royal “Your Name Here” Contest. The top vote-getter will have his or her namesake on the Saturday, April 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Cast your vote at www.nascar.com/crownroyal
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Here are the five finalists:
Richard Coffland, 42, of Grand Coulee, Wash., served more than 21 years in the United States Army and Army National Guard before retiring in 2007. Nominated by his wife for his commitment to protecting his country during a time of personal turmoil, Coffland deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom just after the passing of his first wife, leaving his daughter behind. Upon his return home, Coffland was one of the first National Guard responders to Hurricane Katrina and continues his desire to serve his community as a volunteer firefighter in addition to his fulltime job with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and his responsibilities at the family cattle ranch. Through his mother’s influence, Coffland became an avid NASCAR fan and has made his way to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Excited about the opportunity to honor all servicemen and servicewoman if he takes home the grand-prize, the veteran is overjoyed to head to the Daytona 500 and sees it as a prize in itself.
Casey Traxler, 29, of Mooresville, N.C., joined the United States Army upon graduating high school and spent his next six years in service. Nominated by his girlfriend, the Minnesota native deployed four times during active duty, spending time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traxler sustained significant injuries when his base went under enemy attack, and although he wanted to return to active duty, Traxler retired from service in 2007. For his efforts, the former Legends Cars racer received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and had a road at his former base in Iraq named in his honor. Traxler lives and breathes NASCAR, making his way to numerous races as a fan and as an employee in the motorsports radio communication industry. A huge country music fan, Traxler is overwhelmed by the thought of country star Rodney Atkins including his name in a song at Daytona and Richmond and looks forward to honoring all military members if he wins the grand-prize.
Cindy Shelton, 55, of San Antonio, Texas, joined the Air Force after high school to continue her education. During her more than 20 years of active duty, Shelton received a bachelor’s and master’s degree and also faced several deployments. Nominated by her husband for being a trailblazer for women in the Air Force as one of the first female communication electronic technicians, Shelton continues to dedicate her life to the military through her IT work with the Air Force Services Agency. As a mother of an adult with Autism, Shelton spends countless hours volunteering for organizations that help adults with the disorder and their families. Although she considers herself a new fan of NASCAR, Shelton has made her way to Texas Motor Speedway a half dozen times and proudly displays memorabilia of her favorite driver on her desk at work. If she receives the grand prize, Shelton most looks forward to seeing the race from a new perspective – behind pit road.
As a faithful veteran of the Armed Services, Mark Brown, 40, spends his days at his Missouri duty station in Health Services Administration. Throughout his 13-year career, Brown has been deployed four times, including two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nominated by his wife for his dedicated service to his country, on the home front Brown served his fellow airmen by leading a designated driver program while stationed in Little Rock. Brown considers himself a NASCAR aficionado and in addition to watching the races each weekend, has attended events at Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. The father of three finds it hard to believe he is a finalist, and is overwhelmed by the thought that one of NASCAR’s biggest stars could take the checkered flag for the “Mark Brown 400.”
Matthew Hansen, 26, of San Marcos, Calif., is a full-time member of the United States Marine Corps. SSgt Hansen joined the Marines with his identical twin brother Daniel after graduating high school. Both brothers excelled in their training, with Daniel being handpicked to guard former President George W. Bush at Camp David in 2004 and later Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer in Iraq. While supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan, Daniel was killed by a roadside bomb. Matthew, who has deployed three times to Iraq, was nominated by his Godmother for continuing to serve with amazing courage and faith after losing his brother and best friend. A NASCAR newbie, Matthew is excited to attend his first NASCAR race in Daytona, and should he win the grand-prize, the April 30th race at Richmond International Raceway will be called the “Hansen Brothers 400,” to show honor to his fallen twin.