Variety of Personalities to Add to Kentucky Speedway Prerace Pageantry Sept. 21-22
Retired military working Dog Sgt. Beyco and ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven will join singer/songwriters MacKenzie Morgan and Ryan Broshear during prerace ceremonies on Kentucky Speedway's Sept. 21-22 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
Sgt. Beyco will join retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Jimmy Supplee and Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter MacKenzie Morgan in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 prerace spotlight.
Sgt. Beyco, United States Marine Corps (USMC) MP H100, will accompany her handler, Vietnam War veteran Joe Sturm, who will deliver the command to fire 43 engines for the Kentucky 300 just before the 4 p.m., green flag. Sgt. Beyco earned eight medals, including the Combat Action Ribbon, during eight years of service that included a three-year tour in Iraq. She worked additional missions with the United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service and select law enforcement agencies.
Supplee, of Carrollton, Ky., will be the race honorary starter. He is a 34-year veteran of the Kentucky National Guard 138th Fires Brigade who served in the Vietnam War.
Morgan, 15, of Richmond, Ky., will honor America Saturday when she sings "The Star Spangled Banner." The Nashville, Tenn., artist lists The White House, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway among a high-profile list of performing credits. Her Simple Little Me extended play collection is available on iTunes.
Craven, the former driver of the No. 32 Tide NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) machine, will send the 36-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kentucky 201 field racing on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Gallatin Co., Ky., Judge Executive Ken McFarland will be the race grand marshal and deliver the command to start engines after Broshear, of Oxford, Ohio, performs "The Star Spangled Banner."
Craven became the 15th driver to earn a victory in each of NASCAR's three national touring series when he claimed a 105-mile NCWTS race title at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 22, 2005. He also is the first driver to earn Rookie of the Year honors in each national NASCAR touring series. The 46-year-old from Newburgh, Maine took one of two closest race finishes in NSCS history by edging Kurt Busch by 0.002 of a second at the Darlington Raceway finish line on March 16, 2003. Jimmie Johnson matched Craven's margin of victory on April 17, 2011 by inching below the Talladega Superspeedway checkered flag ahead of Clint Bowyer.
McFalrland is a long-time resident who has served the county with distinction for more than 10 years.
Broshear's self-titled debut collection features 10 original classic country songs that reflect personal experiences such as the popular singles "Countrything," "Let Your Redneck Out," and "I'm Rich."
Tickets, campsites and daily Fan Zone passes for both events are on sale now. Visit the Tickets and Camping pages of this Web site or purchase by phone at (859) 578-2300.
Story by Mike Schmaltz