Instead of an organist playing a processional song, jet dryers nearby blasted in unison. Wedding bells didn't ring, but NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers cranked up their engines.
Misty and John Marsh of Washington, Indiana were married Thursday in a ceremony held in Kentucky Speedway's victory lane and that drew cheers from curious onlookers and from crew members in the XFINITY Series garage.
"We already had tickets in March. He proposed in May. He didn't want to wait any longer, so we said, 'Let's get married at Kentucky Speedway,'" Misty Marsh said.
Track chaplain Larry Campbell presided over the ceremony. Chelsea and Brandon Baker, also of Washington, Indiana, served as the Matron of Honor and Best Man.
"Larry and I have had conversation and he was most generous and helped schedule," John Marsh said. "We were able to work a time slot in."
The bride was understandably nervous about the weather, but it was the groom who kept checking the radar. When it was time for the ceremony, the clouds parted.
"Right at the last minute, I was a nervous wreck," Misty Marsh said. "Time was going so slow, and then 4 o'clock came and it was like, 'I've got to finish my hair! I've got to finish my makeup! Oh my gosh, I don't have my dress on!"
The Marshes attended their first Kentucky Speedway race together last September and planned to spend their wedding night in a camper parked in the infield near Turn 3.
"A little 26 footer," Misty Marsh said. "That's where the party's going to be."