Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hollywood Casino 400 Dignitaries

Hollywood Casino 400 Dignitaries

Colonel Kyle J. Wilson (Pace Car); Eric Stonestreet (Grand Marshal); Whiteman Air Force Base B-2 Aircraft (Flyover); Mitchell Tenpenny (Pre-Race Concert)

Colonel Kyle J. Wilson -Distinguished Servicemember Selected for Pace Car Duty #NASCAR


Distinguished Servicemember Selected for Pace Car Duty

Our nation’s finest will drive the pace car for this weekend’s NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway.


United States Air Force Colonel Kyle J. Wilson will pace the field in a Toyota Camry for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.


“The sacrifice and dedication of our men and women in uniform protect the freedoms that allow us to race,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “It’s a high honor to have Col. Wilson and Sgt. King (who drove on Saturday) drive our pace cars this weekend and represent the best of our nation.”


Col. Wilson is the Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. He is responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force’s only B-2 Spirit base, including development and employment of the B-2 stealth bomber’s combat capability as part of Air Force Global Strike Command. As the installation Vice Commander, he provides logistics support for the 442nd Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserve; 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard; 20th Attack Squadron, Air Combat Command and the 1st Battalion, 135th Assault Helicopter Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard. Moreover, Col. Wilson is a 20-year colon cancer survivor.





Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet Named Grand Marshal


Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet Named Grand Marshal

Kansas Speedway is rolling out the red carpet for a two-time Emmy Award winner and favorite son. The track announced today that Kansas City native Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family fame will serve as the Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.


“We’re excited to welcome Eric home again,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “He’s an incredible actor who has never lost touch with his Kansas City roots, and we cherish his longtime friendship with Kansas Speedway.”


Stonestreet’s portrayal of Cameron Tucker on the longtime ABC hit series Modern Family earned him two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He’ll delight audiences again soon in the upcoming Fox series Domino Masters alongside a star-studded panel of judges including Danica McKellar, Vernon Davis, and professional domino artist Steve Price. The show features 16 skilled teams competing against each other in ambitious building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented amateur domino topplers.


Shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Stonestreet will give the command to start engines to the talented drivers of the NASCAR Cup Series. Gates open at 11 a.m. Sunday, with a pre-race concert by multiplatinum recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny beginning at 12:15 p.m. 


Whiteman Air Force Base B-2 Aircraft to Perform Flyover #NASCAR



Whiteman Air Force Base B-2 Aircraft to Perform Flyover

Whiteman Air Force Base pilots will fly over the NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 in support of community partners in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 24, 2021, at Kansas Speedway.


The event will include a B-2 Spirit aircraft assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, which is set to flyover the track before the race begins, currently scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on race day.


The B-2 is America’s premier strategic stealth bomber and one of the world’s most advanced aircraft. Participating in flyover events provide the training needed for pilots to remain mission ready and showcase the trusted capability of Whiteman AFB Airmen to be prepared anytime, anywhere across the globe.


The U.S. Air Force performs almost 1,000 flyovers each year, to include air shows, sporting and holiday events. Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain readiness for Air Force pilots and maintainers; they are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules. 







Country Music Star Mitchell Tenpenny to Perform Pre-Race Concert


Country Music Star Mitchell Tenpenny to Perform Pre-Race Concert

Country music star Mitchell Tenpenny will cross Kansas Speedway off his ‘bucket list’ on Sunday, Oct. 24.


The multiplatinum-selling recording artist, whose hits include “Drunk Me,” “To Us it Did” and current smash “Truth About You,” will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Admission to the concert is free to Hollywood Casino 400 ticket holders and will rev up race fans for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8.


This will also mark the first pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway since Casey Donahew performed prior to the 2019 Hollywood Casino 400.


“It’s so good to have live music back at Kansas Speedway, and I know Mitchell Tenpenny will deliver an unforgettable performance our fans will enjoy,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “With our grandstands open to full capacity and the great racing our track consistently delivers, a concert of this caliber just amplifies the quality experience our fans deserve.”


Since the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me,” Mitchell has set new standards for breakout success in country music. The 2X Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit that has amassed over 500 million on-demand streams was taken from his introductory 2018 album, Telling All My Secrets, and earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP. Since that time, the “winning” singer (the New York Times) was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards and saw his “Alcohol You Later” and “Anything She Says” singles certified gold.


“I grew up watching NASCAR and got my bucket list opportunity to drive one earlier this year,” shared Mitchell. “I am so stoked for this concert. My fans are NASCAR fans. It will be a great day!”




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