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CONCORD, N.C. – Last week, Jimmie Johnson traveled to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for a very special reason.

He was there to unveil his No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS, which will race 600 miles this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But more than that, he was there to meet with the family of fallen Army Paratrooper SPC Michael Rodriguez.

At Charlotte, Johnson’s red, white and blue No. 48 Chevy will carry the name of SPC Rodriguez on the windshield.

His mother, Lorie, shared just how impactful it was to see her son’s name on the car.

“It means so much that they remember,” she said. “Lowe’s shows it through the car, through their discount that they give the military, through their donation today.”

Lowe’s has a lengthy history of supporting the military. Currently, Lowe’s has more than 14,000 veterans, active military and Guard/Reserve employees.

The company is proud to offer 10 percent off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel & veterans.

And during the visit, Lowe’s presented a check for $10,000 to the Fisher House Foundation – a home for military families to utilize while their loved ones are receiving medical care.

“I’m just happy to be associated with so many people that care and want to give back,” Johnson said of Lowe’s.

In the video above, the driver’s journey on what he called a “highly emotional day” is chronicled.