Chocowinity soldier killed in action to be honored in NASCAR race

Pvt. Michael Murdock, killed in action in 2008

CHARLOTTE - A car driven in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday will recognize a local soldier who was killed in action.

Pvt. Michael Murdock of Chocowinity was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2008. Landon Cassill and the No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford team will remember the Army private as part of its patriotic paint scheme for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. The decal across the top of the windshield of the Ford Fusion will display the name of Murdock.

Murdock, who was 22 at the time, was on his first deployment when his base was attacked by enemy fire. His unit was based out of Ford Hood, Texas. "We are proud to have Pvt. Murdock's name on our car for the Memorial Day weekend," Cassill said in a press release. "We recognize, not just on this holiday, but every day, that there are men and women who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It will be our honor to welcome his mother at the race on Sunday and to race 600 miles in the name of this American hero." The CSX Ford will race with a special red, white and blue paint scheme for Sunday's 600-mile race, honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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