Dover International Speedway announced today that musician Joe Walsh will serve as the grand marshal for the "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Walsh's career has spanned four decades as a member of the Eagles, a solo artist, and in and James Gang. The Grammy-award winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Walsh wrote "No Man’s Land," an original song for the new film "Citizen Soldier," which follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan. Produced by Strong Eagle Media and distributed by Gravitas Ventures and Broad Green Pictures, the film is a modern day "Band of Brothers" and documents the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 2011 deployment.
"We’re thrilled that Joe Walsh, a rock and roll legend, will be a key part of our NASCAR weekend," said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. "His contributions for the film ‘Citizen Soldier,’ and his support for our active and retired men and women in the military and their families is a testament to who he is today."
Joining Walsh as dignitaries for the Citizen Soldier 400 are:
• Honorary Pace Car Driver: Retired Maj. Gen Gus Hargett, the chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States.
• Honorary Starter: Retired Staff Sgt. Colt Floyd of the Oklahoma National Guard. Floyd was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
• Welcoming Remarks: Bert Bedrosian, “Citizen Soldier” producer and partner at Strong Eagle Media.
Singing the National Anthem will be country music star Easton Corbin, and the traditional military flyover will be conducted by two F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.
The Citizen Soldier 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the NASCAR tripleheader weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Monster Mile.
Dover International Speedway is also hosting the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30.
For tickets or more information, call 800‐441‐RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. The track is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, on Twitter at @MonsterMile and on Instagram at @MonsterMile.