Roush Racing, Biffle have honored guests at Bristol

Five Purple Heart Recipients To Attend Bristol Race As Guests of the No. 16 National Guard Team Concord, N.C. (March 22, 2006) -- The No. 16 National Guard team will have the privilege of being accompanied this Sunday by five Purple ...

Five Purple Heart Recipients To Attend Bristol Race As Guests of the No. 16 National Guard Team

Concord, N.C. (March 22, 2006) -- The No. 16 National Guard team will have the privilege of being accompanied this Sunday by five Purple Heart recipients from the Tennessee National Guard. SPC Wesley Bullington, SGT Tony Anderson, SPC Jamey Smith, SGT Christopher Cartwright and SPC Anthony Lambert have all received a Purple Heart for the sacrifices they made while in the line of duty.

These soldiers all come from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is the only enhanced Armored Cavalry Regiment within the National Guard, and one of only two Armored Cavalry Regiments in the United States Army. It is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, with units throughout the East and Central Tennessee Area.

The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in or with the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first American award made available to the common soldier.

Driver Greg Biffle and the National Guard team are extremely proud to have these honored guests at the race this weekend.

"I can't say what it means to have these soldiers coming to the track this weekend," said Biffle. "Through our partnership with the National Guard, we've gotten to meet a lot of brave men and women and it's always an honor to have them come out to the track. I think we can get carried away with what we're doing and forget the sacrifices that the men and women of the armed forces are making for our country every day. I'm looking forward to meeting these men and hearing their stories."

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the National Guard website at www.1-800-GO-GUARD.com.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Entersprises which operates 13 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn Jr., and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mark Martin