- McVicker’s mother and sister will attend the race in memory of fallen Marine.
- McVicker joined the Marines shortly after Sept. 11 attacks.
On Sunday, a fallen Alliance Marine will be among those honored during the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 race in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Driver Aric Almirola will compete in the Smithfield Foods No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, which will feature the name of late Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel McVicker.
McVicker was killed Oct. 6, 2005, while driving a security detail as part of Operation River Gate near Al-Qa’im, Iraq, when his Humvee struck a roadside bomb.
He was 20.
McVicker was specifically selected for the No. 10 car by Deidre Snively, an account manager with Stewart-Haas Racing. Snively grew up with McVicker and graduated with him from West Branch High School in 2003.
Each car in the race pays tribute to a fallen military service member.
McVicker joined the Marines at 18, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Initially stationed at the Marine Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, he volunteered for deployment in Iraq and was assigned to the Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Ted Pase, who helps to organize Memorial Day events in Alliance, said he wasn’t aware of the NASCAR honor, but noted McVicker’s father, Mark, and stepmother, Irma, are scheduled to speak at noon Monday at Alliance City Cemetery’s Memorial Day service.
“His father gave a very strong speech about his son’s death when we did a dedication at Silver Park in Alliance,” Pase said. “They’ve been longtime residents, here. We named State Street in town in honor of Dan McVicker.”
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Irma McVicker said the family was “completely overwhelmed” upon learning about the NASCAR honor.
She said she married Mark when Daniel was 8 or 9, adding that they had more than a stepmother/stepchild relationship.
“Biologically, no. Heart, yes,” she said. “He was one of the most selfless young men I’ve ever come in contact with.”
Remembering the beloved, lost son Daniel
Irma said Daniel is the oldest of three children.
“He’s the epitome of my husband,” she said with a laugh. “Danny was in (West Branch’s music program) ‘Young and Alive!’ He played football in junior high; he was just into everything. He was such a diverse young man who liked all kinds of music. He liked country; he liked jazz; he liked rap.”
McVicker also was a Boy Scout, and a talented cook. While at West Branch, his classmates voted unanimously for him to serve as a school mascot.
Everyone in the neighborhood knew when Danny was coming because they could hear his car thumping, Irma McVicker said, adding that he loved fast cars, as evidenced by his speeding tickets.
“Danny really was a great young man,” she said. “He was dearly loved by his brother and sister. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about him. We’re very blessed. Our son gets to be remembered. So many young men and women are lost and no one remembers them. Sometimes, that’s very humbling.”
McVicker’s mother, Carrie Misner, and sister Mollie will attend the race, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be broadcast on Fox, with radio coverage from PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
To learn more, visit www.nascar.com.
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