On Friday at Daytona International Speedway Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards teamed up with the USO as well as his primary sponsor SUBWAY to host a lunch for the members of the United States Coast Guard. Also in attendance were SUBWAY Firecracker 250 Grand Marshal Kelly Miller and Honorary Starter Fred Gardner. Both Miller and Gardner are military veterans as well as Subway franchise owners.
SUBWAY will also be donating $125,000 to the USO, including 5,000 meals as a part of their continuing support for the United States military.
The luncheon was held before Saturday’s XFINITY Series race in which NASCAR continued its tribute this July 4th weekend to show its support for those who have served and those who continue to serve and defend the United States. During the race, all of the XFINITY Series drivers displayed the name of an active military unit and installation on their windshields.
Meanwhile, Edwards will be starting on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. He currently sits third in points, with wins at Bristol and Richmond solidifying his spot in the 2016 Chase playoff field. Edwards has never won a Sprint Cup restrictor-plate event, with his best finish being a pair of second-place finishes in the 2008 Coke Zero 400 and the 2011 Daytona 500.
Along with being a sponsor for Joe Gibbs Racing since 2008, SUBWAY has also been the primary sponsor of the July XFINITY Series event at Daytona since 2009.
The green flag will wave for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 at 7:45 pm ET on NBC.