Brickyard 400 named after John Wayne Walding

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This year’s Brickyard 400 race was named after John Wayne Walding, a Green Beret who lost part of his lower leg during a tour in Iraq.

Walding’s brother entered his name in the contest that usually gets thousands of applicants. The public voted for the finalists, and Walding came out the winner.

“It’s just a humbling experience to know, you know that I lost a leg for my country, but it’s the best country in the world, and the reason why it’s the best country, because of people like Crown Royal and you that care to share this story and just know that the people who defend our freedom are worth caring for, said Walding.

The 33-year-old was honorably discharged after 12-years of service back in 2012.

“I am not a hero. The men that didn’t make it home that gave the ultimate sacrifice, they are the heroes and I just try to do the best that I can to live for them,” Walding shared. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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