KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A pair of our nation’s finest will drive the pace car for this weekend’s NASCAR races at Kansas Speedway.
Kansas National Guard Sergeant Briana M. King will drive the Toyota Supra pace car for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300, while United States Air Force Colonel Kyle J. Wilson will pace the field in a Toyota Camry for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
They are the speedway’s first honorary pace car drivers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 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.
Sgt. King is a native of Fredonia, Kan., and enlisted in the Army in February of 2019. In May, she returned from a nine-month deployment with the 891st Engineer Battalion to Kuwait. She now works as the Battalion Career Counselor and Battalion Human Resource Sergeant to ensure all soldiers’ needs are met and to help them make the best and most educated decision with their future career in the Kansas National Guard. Sgt. King is married to Micah King and they are expecting their first child.
The action at Kansas Speedway begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Kansas Lottery 300, race two of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. At 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series will conclude its season with the Reese’s 150 followed by a stellar fireworks show that will light up the sky.
Then at 2 p.m. Sunday, following a pre-race concert by Mitchell Tenpenny, the green flag will fly for the Hollywood Casino 400, the penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. Country music star Mitchell Tenpenny will perform a pre-race concert and Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet will give the command to start engines shortly after a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing flies over Kansas Speedway.
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.
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