Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet Named Grand Marshal for Hollywood Casino 400

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 21, 2021) – 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.

The race weekend begins Saturday with a power-packed doubleheader of NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series action. The Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m. is the penultimate race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. Then at 6 p.m., in the Reese’s 150, the ARCA Menards Series will crown its champion followed by a spectacular fireworks display for all to enjoy.

Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now for both days by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.

About Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway is a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest. The track, which opened in 2001, hosts two NASCAR Cup Series weekends each year, along with approximately 200 other event days each year. This includes the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue, the largest barbecue competition in the world which attracts teams both nationally and internationally.  The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which opened in 2012, overlooks Turn 2 of the track.  Kansas Speedway’s two NASCAR weekends in 2021 will take place May 1-2 and Oct. 23-24.  Both will consist of a NASCAR Cup Series race, including the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, the second race in the Round of 8 of the Playoffs.  Kansas Speedway is owned by NASCAR.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

Kansas Speedway Contact:

Matt Humphrey

NASCAR Communications

386-453-8693

mhumphrey@nascar.com