Star Spangled Weekend
March 28, 2003 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Saturday's pre-race activities will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team as well as a flyover by four AT-38s from Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Civil Air Patrol will provide the color guard on Saturday.
On Sunday, fans will be entertained by the 31-member 77th Army Band, the Pride of Fort Sill (Oklahoma). The band will provide music for driver introductions as well as perform the National Anthem. Four Apache helicopters from the 244th Aviation Brigade from Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, are scheduled to flyover prior to driver introductions that day with a B-1 bomber from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, making a pass following the singing of God Bless America. Four F-16s from the Arkansas Air National Guard will fly over the speedway at the conclusion of the National Anthem. Military personnel will take part in driver introductions and the U.S. Army Golden Knights will parachute into the speedway following driver introductions. The Fort Hood NCO Academy will provide the color guard on Sunday.
The O'Reilly 300 and Samsung/RadioShack 500 will be broadcast on Armed Forces radio and television.
The United States Air Force is sponsoring the O'Reilly World of Outlaws events at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The United States Air Force Showdown will be held Friday and Saturday nights, March 28-29. The USAF will also be holding a recruiting drive on Friday at the speedway and will have a large interactive display, including an F-16, located outside of Gate 7.
Winston Cup drivers Todd Bodine will be in the #54 National Guard Ford, Jerry Nadeau in the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac and Ricky Rudd will carry the U.S. Air Force as an associate sponsor on the #21 Motorcraft Ford. Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be driving the #25 Ford sponsored by the U.S. Marines.
The first 100,000 fans arriving Sunday for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 will also receive a miniature American flag, courtesy of Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.