NASCAR fans are going to get a kick out of Sunday’s Grand Marshal at Kansas Speedway.
Kansas Speedway announced today that former Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt will give the command to start engines before the Hollywood Casino 400 presented by Barstool Sportsbook.
“Dustin Colquitt is a champion on and off the field,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren. “He’s a fitting choice to give the command for this thrilling NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, and I look forward to hearing him deliver the most famous words in motorsports.”
Colquitt was a special-teams stalwart for the Kansas City Chiefs for 15 seasons, setting numerous team records including a franchise record for games played at any position (238). In 2019, Colquitt’s boot was an integral part of the Kansas City Chiefs championship run, culminating with a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Ironically, the two-time Pro Bowler seriously considered NASCAR racing as a profession. That dream was dashed after taking his driver’s license test when he crashed through the window of the driver’s ed building. He felt like that was God telling him to explore a different profession.
Thankfully, his love of NASCAR racing remained. Upon ascending to the National Football League, he shared his passion for racing with his fellow Chiefs and brought his teammates to Kansas Speedway to experience the racing action.
Colquitt’s command to start engines will be part of a thrilling day for NASCAR fans in America’s Heartland. Prior to the Hollywood Casino 400, U.S. Army veteran and country music superstar Craig Morgan will perform a full concert on the pre-race stage. And prior to Colquitt’s command, legendary artist Lee Greenwood will deliver a rousing rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” as a tribute to our nation’s military and first responders.
Racing action at Kansas Speedway begins tonight with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Kansas Lottery 200. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series will deliver a doubleheader with the Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m. and the Kansas Lottery 150 at 6 p.m.
For ticketing information and further details about the upcoming race weekend, please visit 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 2022 will take place May 14-15 and Sept. 9-11. Fans can purchase tickets at www.kansasspeedway.com and get all of the latest information by downloading the NASCAR tracks app at www.kansasspeedway.com/nascar-tracks-app