NASCAR race at The Brickyard named for Troy firefighter

Troy firefighter Curtiss Shaver has a special reason to watch this year's NASCAR race in Indianapolis - it will be named after him.

Shaver won Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, so this year's race will officially be titled "Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by". Several events will take place leading up to and throughout race weekend to honor Shaver.

Wednesday, at a special ceremony, a "Yard of Bricks" was laid in Troy's downtown area. The final engraved brick bearing the race logo was personally laid by Shaver. Country music star Justin Moore made a surprise visit to Troy for the ceremony, where he performed his current single "Til My Last Day" and his number one smash hit "Small Town USA" at the ceremony.

{}"It was an honor to come to Alabama on this special day to pay homage to Curtiss," said Moore. "He truly embodies the all-American hero and I am glad I got to be a part of this historical celebration. We will have a great time in Indy for the Curtiss Shaver 400."

Shaver said "I'm a huge NASCAR fan, so having my name as a race title is absolutely unbelievable. I'm honored that I was nominated for this incredible contest and humbled that so many people voted for my story. I'm looking forward to representing emergency personnel everywhere who risk their lives for others on a daily basis."{}This year's contest focused on all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers.{} Five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans visited the Crown Royal Facebook page to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor.{} Shaver will ride in the pace car for the pre-race ceremony, hand the trophy to the race winner in Victory Lane, and he will have the opportunity to kiss the bricks after the race. There will also be special concerts honoring Shaver by The Band Perry, The Mavericks, Justin Moore and Greg Bates over the race weekend, and Crown Royal would like to remind everyone to please drink responsibly.