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Local vet has opportunity to have Brickyard 400 named in his honor

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati native has the opportunity to have one of NASCAR's biggest races named in his honor.

Benjamin Parker, a retired army Staff Sergeant, is one of five finalists with the chance to have the 2015 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Speedway named after him through Crown Royal's 'Your Hero's Name Here' program.

Parker, 28, was deployed to Afghanistan twice as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team Leader. His team safely disarmed more than 300 IEDs, and Parker received two bronze stars for his bravery.

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“I don't consider what I did heroic. I was just doing my job,” said Parker. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be a finalist.”

After his second tour of duty, Parker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. His bio on Crown Royal's website says he has received his pilot's license and now works as an aircraft mechanic at Clermont County Airport.

Benjamin, a Sycamore High School graduate, now resides in Eastgate with his fiance Nikki.

Individuals can vote for the hero they think is most deserving of the naming rights to the historic race.

All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race, and the grand prize winner will have the opportunity to deliver the trophy to the race winner in Victory Lane.

Voting ends June 7.

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