Every car will have the name of a fallen hero on the top of the windshield. (NASCAR photo)

Whelen Modified Tour Teams To Honor Fallen Heroes

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – For the second straight year, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will carry the names of fallen heroes on the roof of their rides this weekend at Jennerstown Speedway.

As part of the Jennerstown Salutes event, in collaboration with Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN), NASCAR and JDV Productions, all teams in the Modified field will be racing to honor a veteran. 

New for 2022, the Jennerstown Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models will honor the 13 fallen members of the 14th Quartermasters Unit, with each driver carrying a name of one of the fallen.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ron Silk will carry the name of Army National Guard Specialist Chad Edmundson for the Jennerstown Salutes 150. The Edmundson family will also serve as the Grand Marshals of the Jennerstown Salutes event at the track on Saturday.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour caution vehicle will carry the name of Pedro 66 in a special tribute. Pedro 66 was the call sign of a helicopter crew lost in Afghanistan, including Captain David Wisnieski, First Lieutenant Joel Gentz, Staff Sergeant David Smith, Technical Sergeant Michael Flores, and Senior Airman Benjamin White.

“Without the support from NASCAR and the entire OVN team, none of this would be possible,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “All of the fallen heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we are forever thankful for them and their families. We take deep pride in making sure we honor them on this special weekend of Memorial Day, and look forward to seeing everyone at Jennerstown for this special event.”