Justin Whiting Honored in Fallen Heroes Race
By Mike C. & Holt B
Late in the afternoon on July 13th, the Fallen Heroes Ford F-150 2012 Ranger was to arrive at Randy Whiting’s farm, to give a special sneak peek of the car before its debut the following Monday. Justin whiting was killed in action on January 19, 2008 while doing a tour of duty in Iraq when an IED struck the vehicle he was in. The face of Randy’s son, Justin, was to be on the front of the car for the Fallen Heroes annual race. Friends of the Whiting’s showed up to see the car for themselves, as well as show support for Randy and his son. Soon after the car arrived at the field, it was unloaded with help from local citizens Mark McGraw and Grayling Martin, after a few technical difficulties with parking, and then pulled it up behind a Hummer to Whiting’s son’s memorial flagpole, where it was observed and photographed by all who came.
The car was sponsored by and paid for by Mike Leanard of Leanard bus sales, who is a friend of Whiting. After going to the same high school, they became friends, and Leanard recommended Whiting’s fallen son as a candidate for the Fallen Heroes race, and set up a car with Empire Racing LLC for the race. The car’s driver, Sean Corr has been racing for 13 years, and will be with the car at it’s official Debut on Monday the 16th.