Mooresville, NC (May 23, 2017) – Premium Motorsports’ drivers Reed Sorenson & Derrike Cope will carry the names of two special soldiers on the windshields of their cars for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ‘Coca-Cola 600’ at Charlotte Motor Speedway as they remember these brave men who sacrificed their lives to serve our country.
REED SORENSON HONORS ‘SPC BARTON’
Reed Sorenson will proudly display SPC BARTON across the windshield of his No.15 Chevrolet SS. SPC Barton, whose full name is Christopher Ryan Barton served in the United States Army from Harrisburg, NC.
SPC Christopher Barton joined the Army on December 30, 2008 as an Infantryman. Christopher was raised right outside of Charlotte, in Harrisburg, NC and graduated from Central Cabarrus High School in 2006.
He graduated from Basic and AIT at Fort Benning, GA, and stayed there to also complete the Basic Airborne Course, all in 2009. In June of 2009, he was assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell KY.
He earned the following awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Expert Weapons Qualification Badge (Rifle), and the Overseas Service Bar.
SPC Barton died May 24, 2010, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire in the Khowst Province, Afghanistan. Christopher is survived by his wife, Heather Barton, His parents, Roy & Elaine Schmiedeshoff, two brothers Cory Barton and Bryan Schmiedeshoff.
DERRIKE COPE HONORS ‘SSG EGGLESTON
Derrike Cope will proudly display the name ‘SSG Eggleston’ across the windshield of his No.55 Toyota Camry. SSG Eggleston, whose full name is Brandon Forrest Eggleston served in the United States Army from Eden, NC.
Army Staff Sergeant Brandon Forrest Eggleston, 29, of Raeford, N.C. was killed when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol on April 26, 2012 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Brandon, a 2005 graduate of Western Carolina University, enlisted in the Army in July, 2006. Upon completion of basic training and follow-on individual training, he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in March, 2009 and was assigned to his unit at Fort Bragg. Staff Sgt. Eggleston was on his third deployment at the time of his death.
Eggleston’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2 device, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a third campaign star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
The ‘Coca-Cola 600’ will take place on Sunday, May 28th at 6:00PM ET. Race fans can tune-in to FOX for race coverage and follow @premiummotorsports on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
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