Richard Petty and Eckrich Support Operation Homefront at Chicagoland

Richard Petty and Eckrich Support Operation Homefront at Chicagoland

Aric Almirola made his first NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup but before he took to the track at the Chicagoland Speedway his team honored a Retired Army Veteran.

A replica of the No. 43 Eckrich Ford drove up and greeted Veteran Army Specialist Raymond Goss and his family in front of a local Jewel-Osco store. Inside the car were VIP tickets to join the No. 43 race team this weekend complete with authentic crew uniforms and hats. Not only cool, but a NASCAR race fan’s dream.

The Goss family was also presented with a year’s supply of groceries from Jewel-Osco. While celebrating their win none other than Richard Petty himself drove around the store in a new Ford Fusion. He pulled up to the family and gave the car to them.

I am just overwhelmed, I just can’t believe that Eckrich and Richard Petty gave my family a new car.  Who can say that? I don’t think too many people and it’s something that I’ll never forget.” Goss added, “It means a lot when a company like Eckrich remembers veterans like myself and do something special.  We’re just really grateful for Eckrich, Jewel-Osco and Richard Petty. We’re now fans for life.

Friday’s event is part of the continued Eckrich “Operation Inspiration” campaign, which supports and honors military families.  Eckrich is in its third year of partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Eckrich has already raised more than $750,000 in donations for the charity.

The No. 43 Eckrich Ford driven by Aric Almirola at Chicagoland Speedway will have the names of 120 military families on the hood and sides of the car this weekend at Chicagoland as part of Operation Homefront.

If you cannot get to the Chicagoland Speedway for the 400 it will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday September 14th starting at 1 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

Feature Photo Credit: Brad Schloss Photography