Marines receive 'trip of a lifetime' from Pioneer Services

For Lance Corporal Gregory Hart and Sergeant Joshua Gunlock, both Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., going to a NASCAR race has been a dream. So when leadership at Camp Pendleton chose them as the most recent winners of the Pioneer Services "Pole Position Awards," they almost couldn't believe it.

The Marines also had a number of other highlights during the Ameriquest 300 in Fontana, Calif., Sept. 2, including Hart giving a "high-five" to Tony Stewart, being able to talk about racing with Ashton Lewis, Jr. (driver of the Team Rensi No. 25 car), and watching driving introductions while standing on the track.

"Whoever would have thought that I would get to go to a NASCAR race, let alone get to go into the pits while they were qualifying and during green flag racing?" said Hart. "Just being in the pits and garage was amazing."

For the second year, Pioneer Services is sponsoring The "Pole Position Award"—a nomination process that rewards members of the Armed Forces who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Those who are selected as deserving by their senior leaders will receive tickets to a race and get to tour the pits and garage area as guests of Pioneer Services and Team Rensi Motorsports.

"When I was selected by my battalion to attend this race I was ecstatic," said Gunlock. "The experience itself was unbelievable. I could not have imagined I could get so close to the garage area or pits and get to meet all of my favorite drivers."

"Thank you, Pioneer Services, for the wonderful experience," said Gunlock. "I hope that you continue to take care of our military by continuing to give other service members this opportunity."