Phoenix: Herbert to host special visitors

More Marine war veterans to visit Herbert Big-hearted patriot Doug Herbert will be joined by another group of Marine Corp war veterans back from Operation Iraqi Freedom at this weekend's 21st annual Checker, Schuck's, Kragen NHRA Nationals.

More Marine war veterans to visit Herbert

Big-hearted patriot Doug Herbert will be joined by another group of Marine Corp war veterans back from Operation Iraqi Freedom at this weekend's 21st annual Checker, Schuck's, Kragen NHRA Nationals. Herbert announced earlier this month that he will give several all-expense-paid "Day at the Race" excursions to Marines wounded in the current Global War On Terrorism throughout the 2005 race season.

In Pomona, Herbert invited the first group of brave veterans into his Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster hospitality area as VIP guests. This weekend at Firebird International Raceway, he'll be joined by another group of Marines based out of Yuma, Ariz. They include: Lance Corporal David Thiem of Miracopa, Ariz.; Sergeant Adam Alaniz of Fresno, Calif.; Corporal Ryan Foster of Boone, Mo.; Corporal Earl Sjogren of Casper, Wyo.; Corporal Mark Pike of Beckley, W.Va.; Lance Corporal Patrick Runyan of Danville, Ill.; Lance Corporal Anthony Gutierrez of New York; Sergeant Andrew Durivage of Temecula, Calif.; and Sergeant Jason Hughes and his fiance Sadith of Buffalo, N.Y.

"It's a privilege and honor to have these young heroes join us at the races," Herbert said. "These men and women have been to hell and back and they deserve all of our thanks and praise. We couldn't be out here racing cars and doing what we love if not for the commitment and hard work of these Marines.

"Everyone that's going to visit us this year is coming directly to us from heavy combat situations. Many of them have been wounded in the line of duty. To treat them like the heroes they are is the least we can do. Everyone on this Snap-on Tools team is happy to have them here."

Two weeks ago at the 45th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, Herbert's positive karma translated to an impressive runner-up finish and a second-place ranking in the POWERade championship points standings.

"These Marines are trying hard for us so we're trying hard for them," Herbert said. "In Pomona, I asked all the fans to come by and say hello and thanks to our guests. The response was overwhelming. I encourage everyone to do that again at Firebird."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Jason Hughes , Ryan Foster