Sep 10, 2015
Posted In

We love supporting our military and we’ve had a lot of really cool moments – like honoring Congressional Medal of Honor winners, Vietnam veterans (the Son Tay Raiders), and most recently, a D-Day veteran.


But moment #6 had the military supporting Kansas Speedway by delivering the pace car in 2008!


After the MH-47 Chinook helicopter landed in the Kansas Speedway tri-oval, eight Special Forces Soldiers arrived on two MH-6 Little Bird helicopters for a simulated tactical infiltration, along with a high-altitude low-opening parachute jump by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Black Daggers. (Units represented included Soldiers from the 160th SOAR and the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Campbell, KY, and Headquarters, USASOC from Ft. Bragg, NC.)


Once the Soldiers were set, former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro defensive back Deron Cherry drove the pace car off the Chinook.


It was such a special day that we still get goosebumps when we talk about it!


Don’t miss any of the moments at Kansas Speedway as racing returns this October with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale on Oct. 16, the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Kansas Lottery 300) on Oct. 17, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) on Oct. 18, and tickets are currently on sale.


Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.


Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter (@kansasspeedway).



Kansas Speedway®, is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities.  Besides Kansas Speedway, the Company owns and/or operates 12 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the Daytona 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern California™ near Los Angeles; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 Raceway™ near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami Speedway™ in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.  In addition, ISC promotes major motorsports activities in Montreal, Quebec, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Stock-Car Montreal.


The Company also owns and operates MRN® Radio, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; the Daytona 500 Experience™, the “Ultimate Motorsports Attraction” in Daytona Beach, Florida, and official attraction of NASCAR®; and Americrown Service Corporation™, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise.  For more information, visit ISC’s website at