The Rick Ware Racing teams battled the heat and 600 miles this past weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The RWR cars received a great deal of attention as all 3 cars were wrapped in warplane motif.  The cars also carried the names of 3 soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.  RWR ran 3 teams for the second time in as many weeks at Charlotte.

The Jacob Company #51, driven by Cody Ware, carried the design of the P-40 Warhawk and  finished the day 38th after a right rear wheel hub broke.  The soldier on the #51 was SGT Lee Wilson of Chapel Hill, NC.  SGT Wilson was killed in Mosul, Iraq after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.  

The #52, driven by Bayley Currey, was having a good run until Martin Truex, Jr, who went on to win the race, washed up into Bayley turning him and sending him into the inside wall off of turn 4.  The wreck finished the day and the #52 ended up finishing in 35th position.  The #52 carried the design of the SR-71 and had SGT James Slape on the windshield banner.  SGT Slape was from Morehead City, NC and was a member of the Army National Guard.  SGT Slape was killed in Afghanistan October 4th, 2018 as the result of an IED.  

The Enlisted Nine Fight Company #53 was driven by veteran driver BJ McLeod.  BJ took the checkers Sunday night and finished 29th.  The #53 carried the design of the WWII P-51 and carried the name of Corporal William O'Brien, who's brother Dan is one of the owners and CEO of Enlisted Nine Fight Company.  Corporal O'Brien was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on March 15, 2008.  He was 20 years old and was from Rice, TX.  

All the RWR drivers and crew members worked hard and did a great job, even as the temperature inside the track was over 100 degrees.  NASCAR once again did an incredible job with their salute to the military before the 600 mile race and also with a moment of silence after the 2nd stage in which all the cars came down pit road and turned off their motors.  RWR will take 2 teams and cars to Pocono this coming weekend for the Pocono 400 at the "Tricky Triangle".

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