DENVER, N.C. (August 29, 2018) - Veterans For Child Rescue (V4CR) is set to make their NASCAR debut in a dual sponsorship with the No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams. Founded by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer, the V4CR organization will debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Oct. 6 at Dover International Speedway followed by their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27.
The V4CR organization was founded in April 2017 by Veteran Navy Seal DEVGRU sniper Craig Sawyer to raise awareness for child trafficking and the exploitation of children. V4CR works with education partners in schools, churches and communities and supports law enforcement with training and resources to help improve capabilities.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Sawyer joined the the U.S. Marine Corps not long after high school. He then moved into the U.S. Navy for what would become a 13-year tenure as a U.S. Navy Seal. After combat action in Desert Storm, he served as a SEAL Sniper Instructor until being promoted to DEVGRU where he spent most of his tactical career. After serving in the Navy, he joined the Federal Air Marshal Service where he would remain for 5 years, reaching the management rank. Sawyer then went on to gain ample experience contracting in diverse combat zones, running tactical teams as well as protecting high-level U.S. Dignitaries. Since, he has transitioned into the film and television world starring in all 5 seasons of History channel's Top Shot as well as roles in multiple other shows such as Battleground: Rhino Wars. He was also a contributor in the documentary Sniper: Deadliest Missions.
“NASCAR has a rich history that Americans really appreciate. Even the word NASCAR evokes excitement and thoughts of the kind high-octane racing Americans have grown to love and enthusiastically follow. Beyond that, NASCAR fans are, at their very core, what America stands for. Our organization relies on you, the hardest working, best hearted, salt of the Earth people. Having our Veterans For Child Rescue logo placed on a MHR Xfinity and Truck Series with this level of exposure means Americans across the country will see our brand and know we're serious about gaining their support for our mission. It is our hope that, by raising awareness of child trafficking, that you, the fans and supporters of NASCAR will RISE UP and become part of the solution, which our country so desperately needs right now. Safeguarding children from predators is something everyone can agree upon and this type of promotion will help us carry out that mission. Everyone at Veterans For Child Rescue is energized at this opportunity and we can't wait to see the proud V4CR logo on the Mike Harmon Racing #74 NASCAR Xfinity and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” stated Craig "Sawman" Sawyer, President of Vets For Child Rescue.
Stand with America's Veterans and fight to end the exploitation of children by supporting this mission at www.Vets4ChildRescue.org and tune in to NBCSN on Oct. 6 to see V4CR debut in NASCAR.
“Everyone at Mike Harmon Racing is honored to partner with Veterans 4 Child Rescue. We stand with Craig and his incredible team of Veterans, Law Enforcement and many other agencies against child trafficking. The importance to get his organization out there by the resources we have is vital. We as parents and a society must not take this epidemic lightly! We must protect our children at every cost! We are grateful for V4CR for standing up and taking these predators down. This is way more than a partnership, this is coming together, building forces, and making that change,” said Mike Harmon, owner of Mike Harmon Racing.
For more information please visit Vets4ChildRescue.org and follow their social pages. Twitter: @Vets4ChildResQ @CraigRSawyer
Sources: Vets4ChildRescue.org, Craig Sawyer - Youtube, Veterans For Child Rescue - Youtube
Race 16: Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway
Track Info: 2.5-mile tri-oval
Race Format: 3 Stages: Stages ended on Laps 30/60/100
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Mike Harmon and the No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing team earned their best finish since 2013 on Friday night, placing 21st in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Harmon began the 250-mile event from 37th, after qualifying had to be canceled due to weather which resulted in the field being set per the NASCAR Rule Book.
Harmon was able to maneuver through two major incidents, overcome a loss of power and make several adjustments to ultimately bring home the fourth best result of his career in the No. 74 Journey Home Project / Horizon Transport Chevy.
In a crazy finish, Kyle Larson claimed the victory while Elliott Sadler finished second. Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Kaz Grala rounded out the top five.
The No. 74 team carried the HELMINERON FIFTEEN Naval Squadron on the windshield banner.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back on track on July 13 at Kentucky Speedway for the Alsco 300 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Wow, what a season it has been! Hard to believe we are already at Homestead for the season finale. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of emotions that are going to be whirling around this weekend at the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race, probably Matt Kenseth’s last, Danica Patrick’s last race as a full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and 3 champions are going to be crowned. If that doesn’t take you on a emotional roller coaster, I don't know what will. To think how NASCAR has lost Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and now Danica Patrick in a span of 3 years is kind of heart-rending to me.