Sgt. Slaughter Named Grand Marshal
WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter will be the Grand Marshal for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series championship race, the Ford 300, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Track President Matthew Becherer made the announcement.
“I am really excited to start the Ford 300,” said Slaughter. “Ricky, Elliott, Justin and Aric have made the 2011 Nationwide Series special and I can’t wait to see who is named champion once the checkered flag is waved and history is made.”
Sgt. Slaughter is truly one of a kind. A former U.S. Marine, he earned his famous ring name during the service. Once he began his professional career, he would certainly solidify that name, intimidating adversaries and fans alike in his trademark drill sergeant attire. He remains one of the WWE’s most recognizable figures and comes to South Florida in advance of WrestleMania XXVIII, which will take place at Sun Life Stadium on April 1. Following his retirement from full-time competition, he spent some time as WWE Commissioner and today serves as a WWE Ambassador.
“Sgt. Slaughter is a huge racing enthusiast,“ said Becherer. “I am sure he’ll put his full effort into giving the ‘Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines,’ command and it’ll be a lot of fun for the fans Saturday night.”
About Homestead-Miami Speedway:
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 640-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and hosts NASCAR’s Championship Races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 18-20, 2011). The Sprint Cup Championship Ford 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 175 countries and into 24 languages. Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course, generates more than $250 million annually for the region. Tickets start at just $55 for the Ford 400 (Sunday, November 20) – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Championship. For more information, please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call 866.409.RACE.
New for 2011: The Ford 400 winner will take home a 25-foot Tournament model fishing boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats.