NASCAR driver Kyle Busch to honor Terre Haute soldier with Coca-Cola 600 car

Dona Griffin, left, and Gene Griffin, second from left, stand with driver Kyle Busch, far right, after unveiling Busch's race car for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup series auto race during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTHR) — NASCAR driver Kyle Busch unveiled a new race car Wednesday that is a salute to one special fallen soldier.

The Toyota features the name of a Terre Haute man, Sgt. Dale Griffin. Griffin died in the line of duty in 2009, according to WTWO.

Busch will race in the car at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina Memorial Day weekend. He said as a professional athlete, it's humbling to be able to honor the heroes of the United States.

"We have the opportunity to go out there and do what we love to do each and every weekend because of those soldiers that have given their lives," Busch said.

Griffin's parents, Dona and Gene, helped Busch show off the car at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The car is part of the NASCAR Salutes campaign, the racing organization's effort to honor current and former members of the military.

NASCAR will pause the Coca-Cola 600 halfway thorugh so the drivers can partake in a moment of remembrance on pit road.