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Military dad surprises family at MIS race

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Brooklyn, MI - A military father had a great Father's Day surprise for his family before the race at MIS on Sunday.

Lauren Brady though she was getting a spin around Michigan International Speedway in the pace car, but she didn't know her husband would be behind the wheel. "This is a moment, a memory, that I will never forget. I saw my husband pull up in a pace car and he had a helmet on and it shocked me."

Her husband, Sergeant Sean Brady is a fire support specialist in the Army, deployed to South Korea. Sunday, he received the ultimate Father's Day gift, seeing his wife and two children after five months apart.

Lauren almost couldn't believe it was real. "I'm still shaking. It's just unbelievable. It's just so good to see him and touch him and kiss him and hold him. It's so surreal."

Daughter Sarah Estes said, "It was awesome. I was so surprised and it was so cool."

Son Sean Willmon was surprised as well. "I didn't recognize him until he got out of the car."

Brady said he planned the reunion for months with the help of his favorite sport. "I had a lot of people help me out and come up with the idea. My unit was involved, USO, NASCAR... It all just worked out great."

Brady says his love of NASCAR started early, but he couldn't afford to attend live races. Instead he settled for watching them on TV with his dad. "I am so excited right now. This is about to be even more amazing." Brady got to experience a race from inside a race car. "155 miles per hour at Michigan! couldn't ask for anything better!"

It was a Father's Day Brady and his family will never forget. After a weekend at home, Brady will deploy to South Korea for another seven months.


 

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