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Now that the Indianapolis 500 is in the books, racing fans are looking ahead to the Brickyard 400.

Once again, Crown Royal will name the race after a deserving hero. Last year’s race was named after Curtiss Shaver, an Alabama firefighter who lost part of his leg during a farming accident as a teenager.

In addition to having the race named after him, Shaver rode in the pace car. He was also in victory lane and got to kiss the bricks.

Crown Royal is running the same contest for the 2013 edition of the Brickyard 400, which will be held on July 28.

There are five finalists:

  • Stephen Brady, 48, Pleasant Lake, Ind., a deputy marshal of the Waterloo Police Department who survived getting shot in the face
  • Deon Joseph, 40, Los Angeles, Calif., a senior lead officer for the Los Angeles Police Department known for his work with the homeless and area youth
  • Samuel Deeds, 35, Independence, Ky., a retired Marine severely injured in an IED blast in Afghanistan while trying to protect his comrades
  • Kenneth Kurth, 26, Debary, Fla., a firefighter and paramedic with the Kissimmee Fire Department who was one of the first medical responders on the scene of a NASCAR Nationwide race in February
  • Taryn Davis, 27, San Marcos, Texas, found and executive director of the American Widow Project supporting women and men who’ve lost loved ones in the military

For more information about each nominated candidate, visit the website for the Crown Royal Presents Your Hero’s Name Here 400 at the Brickyard.