Every year, Canadian whisky brand Crown Royal awards one deserving hero the naming rights to one of this summer’s biggest NASCAR races – the Brickyard 400 – through their “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. The race, to be held in Indianapolis on July 28, will represent the ultimate celebration of heroes including military, firefighters, police officers and first responders and will mark the seventh time Crown Royal has awarded race naming rights to an adult fan.
Kenneth Kurth, a firefighter, EMT and paramedic for the Kissimmee Fire Department, was nominated and chosen as one of five finalists who has the chance of having the famous race named in his honor. If he wins the grand prize, the Brickyard 400 will be renamed the Kenneth Kurth 400 at the Brickyard!
An avid NASCAR Fan, Kurth works as an EMT for every race held at Daytona International Speedway and was one of the first medical responders to report to the scene of the crash that took place at the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on February 23, 2013. After crawling through the wrecked fence, Kurth began initiating patient care by identifying those who were injured in the grandstands, assessing their needs and helping to transport them to nearby medical facilities. During his childhood Kurth visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum with his grandfather, who he considers his hero, and looks forward to returning to the famed track in his honor.
Beginning this week, adult consumers can go to CrownRoyalHeroes.com to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 9th and the grand prize winner will be announced later that month.
All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race, and the grand prize winner will be provided with an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will include delivering the trophy bearing his or her moniker to the race winner in Victory Lane.
Recently, Mr. Kurth sat down to answer a few questions for the West Palm Beach Motorsports Examiner, and to help make the case as to why he would be a great candidate to have a race named after.
1) How long have you been a race fan?
Growing up I enjoyed race cars but not until I began working for Daytona International Speedway did I begin to follow racing.
2) What is your favorite racing memory?
There are many memories of drivers I have transported or wrecks we have been involved with but a big standout memory for me would be the year Dale Jr. won every race at Daytona after his father’s death.
3) What changes would you recommend to make spectators safer at NASCAR races?
NASCAR and the other companies of the sporting world are always reevaluating as well as coming up with new and innovative ways to create an unforgettable experience to the race fans. I feel that we have made huge strides in the racing world from racing on the beaches of Daytona to the multimillion dollar tracks we have now. I think there comes a point where you will never take the danger of racing completely out of this event. Men and Machine still interact with this sport and with every safety precaution taken there is still the possibility of danger occurring.
4) Who is your favorite race driver?
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5) Why should people vote for the Brickyard 400 to be named the Kenneth Kurth 400 at the Brickyard?
I think that having the race named after me isn’t an award or honor that is meant solely for me. It is an honor for all the men a women who work every day around the clock making sure that the citizens in their community can sleep well at night. I think I have a great opportunity to not only represent The Kissimmee Fire Department but also the Fire and EMS workers of the Daytona International Speedway
If you haven’t already, be sure to visit CrownRoyalHeroes.com to vote for the hero you think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Remember, voting runs through June 9th, and the grand prize winner will be announced later that month.
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