2008 Race Officials/Dignitaries Chart

See seat capacities on my Track Seat Capacities/Attendence page

and for 2009, see the 2009 Race Officials/Dignitaries/Attendence page

Race# Date Track Race Grand Marshal Command to start engines Starter
(waves green flag)
Invocation National Anthem Military Flyover Announced
Attendence
[grandstand capacity]
1 2/17 Daytona, FL Daytona 500 24 Daytona 500 winners 24 Daytona 500 winners Richard Petty Bobby Welch
former president of the Southern Bapitst Convention
Trisha Yearwood Air Force Thunderbirds 190,000
[165,000]
2 2/24 Fontana, CA Auto Club 500 actor Brad Garrett actor Brad Garrett NFL linebacker
Shawne Merriman
MRO's Jeff Hamilton Kina Grannis
the winner of the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl”
T-38's
87th FTS
Laughlin FBB
25,000
(rain delay)
[92,000]
3 3/2 Las Vegas, NV UAW-Dodge 400 UAW's John Byers UAW's John Byers ? LVMS Chaplin Kenny Farmer Carol Linnea Johnson
star of the Broadway hit
"Mama Mia!"
Air Force Thunderbirds
Nellis AFB
153,000
[148,000]
4 3/9 Hampton, GA Kobalt Tools 500 Lowe's Robert Niblock Lowe's Robert Niblock Lowe's Contest Winner
Robin Joy
John Newberry
Community Bible Fellowship Church
Jason Michael Carroll A-10 Warthogs
47th Fighter Squadron
Barksdale AFB
100,000
[118,000]
5 3/16 Bristol, TN Food City 500 John Compton (CEO of PepsiCo) John Compton (CEO of PepsiCo) Ned Jarrett Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, VA Country music artist Danielle Peck F-18s, USMC, VMFA-224 from Beaufort, SC 160,000
[160,000]
6 3/30 Martinsville, VA Goody's Cool Orange 500 VT Tech Band
[VT head coach, Frank Beamer had to cancel]
Goody's Dan Seager Fox's Jeff Hammond Racing Ministires Eldred Davis Virginia Tech's Highty-Tighties Two A10's 63,000
[65,000]
7 4/6
Sun
Fort Worth, TX Samsung 500 Samsung Sweepstakes winner Kerrie Rogers Kerrie Rogers Bill Ogle, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Mobile Texas Alliance Racway Ministries
Dr. Roger Marsh
36th Infantry Division Band
Texas Army National Guard
Four F-15's
122nd Fighter Squadron
159th Fighter Wing
NAS JRB, New Orleans
190,000
[159,585]
8 4/12
Sat night
Phoenix, AZ Subway Fresh Fit 500 Subway spokesman Jared Fogel Jared Fogel Fox's Larry McReynolds PIR Chaplin Ken Bowers Emerson Drive F16's from Luke AFB 100,000
[76,812]
9 4/27
Sun
Talladega, AL Aaron’s 499 Aaron's Ken Butler Aaron's Ken Butler & the fans ? Dr. Richard Alford, Alabama Raceway Ministries 2005 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks 4 F-18's VMFA, 142 Flyer Gators, NAS Alanta, GA 156,000
[143,231]
10 5/3
Sat
Richmond Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 Crown Royal contest winner Dan Lowry Dan Lowry Pamela Evans - Chairman of VA ABC Board Reverend Joe Ellison, Essex Village Community Church "The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum and Bugle Corps Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron 112,000+
[112,029]
11 5/10
Sat
Darlington Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR Driver Mother's NASCAR Driver Mother's Contest winner, a fan's Mom Harold King, Darlington Raceway Chaplain Julie Roberts three A-10's, 188th Wing, Forth Smith, AR 75,000
[68,000]
* 5/17
Sat
Lowe's Motor Speedway Sprint Showdown* Sgt JohnFussell & SFC Mark Bright Sgt JohnFussell & SFC Mark Bright   John Cox Damien Horn, God Bless America 3 F-16's, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota ANG 147,000
[171,000]
* 5/17
Sat
Lowe's Motor Speedway All Star Race* Bob McKillop, head men's basketball coach Davidson College & assistants, Matt Methany, Jim Fox, Tim Sweeney & Jeremy Henney; and 10 sprint customers Bob McKillop, head men's basketball coach Davidson College & assistants, Matt Methany, Jim Fox, Tim Sweeney & Jeremy Henney; and 10 sprint customers Sprint Contest winner Tom Metzger Ned Jarrett Rissi Palmer none 147,000
[171,000]
12 5/25
Sun
Lowe's Motor Speedway Coca Cola 600 about 10 Coca-Cola contest fans about 10 Coca-Cola contest fans Richard Thompson, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates Belmont Abbey College President William Thierfelder country music artist Darryl Worley F-15's Langley, AFB 160,000
[171,000]
13 6/1
Sun
Dover, DE Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks Camille Galli & family Joe, Shelly & Francesca, winners of Best Buy 400 auction to benefit Autism Speaks & Brad Morrill, Best Buy Senior Manager of Motorsports Camille Galli & family Joe, Shelly & Francesca & Brad Morrill Kimberly Frank, GM, Dover Best Buy Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J. Emerson Drive (3) F-16's, 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard 133,000
[147,000]
14 6/8
Sun
Long Pond, PA Pocono 500 Brig. General Grauzo, JCS Brig. General Grauzo, JCS General Bruce Carlson, USAF Msgr. Philip DeRea Clarke Luis - Golf Pro, Sugarloaf CC (Pa) B-52 Bomber Wing, Barksdale AFB 105,000
[70,000]
15 6/15
Sun
Brooklyn, MI Lifelock 400 Comedian Bill Engvall Comedian Bill Engvall ? Col. Herbet B. Heayner, State Chaplin Michigan Army National Guard U.S. Army Chorus A Capella Team UH-60 Blackhawks & CH-46 Chinook, Michigan Army National Guard 115,000
[137,243]
16 6/22
Sun
Sonoma, CA Toyota/Save Mart 350 Food Network's Guy Fieri Food Network's Guy Fieri adn Dave Fuller, Northern California Toytota Dealers Association ? Tim Boeve Actress/Singer Nikki Blonsky A-10s's, 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas National Guard 100,000
[~35,000]
17 6/29
Sun
Loudon, NH Lenox Industrial Tools 301 LENOX Industrial Tools Heroes - Claude Walker & Michael Williamson LENOX Industrial Tools Heroes - Claude Walker & Michael Williamson Brad Polver - Hagemer Co. & Glenn Tatro - Lenox Industrial Tools MRO's Billy Mauldin Jr Dan Clark - Massachusetts State Police NH Air National Guard, Portsmouth, NH - KC 135 101,000
[95,491]
18 7/5
Sat
Daytona, FL Coke Zero 400 Dale Jarrett Dale Jarrett Outback President Jeff Smith Rev. John Long II Lady Antebellum 4 F-15C Eagles, 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB [FL] 125,000
[165,000]
19 7/12
Sat
Joliet, IL LifeLock 400 Actor Brendan Fraser Brendan Fraser ? Glenn Spoolstra, Director, Windy City Raceway Minitstries Gavin Degraw F-15s, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base ~80,000
[77,000]
20 7/27
Sun
Speedway, IN Allstate 400 Actor John C. McGinley Mari Hulman George John C. McGinley Rev. Howard Brammer, Traders Point Christian Church, Indianapolis former NYPD Daniel Rodriguez, "America's Beloved Tenor" 4 F-15E Fighting Eagles, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC 240,000
[257,325]
21 8/3
Sun
Long Pond, PA Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Actor Kiefer Sutherland Actor Kiefer Sutherland ? ? Clark Louis B-52 bomber from ? 100,000
[70,000]
22 8/10
Sun
Watkins Glen, NY Centurion Boats at The Glen Les Clarke Les Clarke Centurion’s Bryan Holland MRO's Billy Mauldin Emma Mae Jacob C-130 H2, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Station 87,000
[41,000]
23 8/17
Sun
Brooklyn, MI 3M Performance 400 Make-A-Wish kid Austin Irwin Make-A-Wish kid Austin Irwin 3M executive Pat Campbell Pastor Doug Bradshaw Danielle Peck 2 CF-18's NORAD Canadian Air Force 125,000
[137,243]
24 8/23 Bristol, TN Sharpie 500 Sharpie's Linda Hodges Sharpie's Linda Hodges Rusty Wallace Dr. David Wadsworth, Central Prebyterian Church, Bristol, VA MRO kids, drivers, crew members kids F-16s, 121st Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard 160,000
[160,000]
25 8/31 Fontana, CA Pepsi 500 Actor Drew Carey Drew Carey Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Jeff Hamilton, Motor Racing Outreach Bo Bice F18s VFA 14/97 Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA 70,000
[92,000]
26 9/6 Richmond, VA Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Retired FDNY Craig Monahan Craig Monahan GM Dealer Owner Ted Linhart Rev. Joe Ellison, Essex Village Community Church Contry Singer, Jolie Holiday 4 F-22A Raptors, 192nd Fighter Wing, VA Air National Guard, Langley, AFB 110,000
[112,029]
27 9/14 Loudon, NH Sylvania 300 Sylvania CEO Rick Leaman Rick Leaman ? Bishop Michael Cote, Norwich CT Diocese Diamond Rio F-15's Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts 101,000
[95,491]
28 9/21 Dover, DE Camping World RV 400 Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO, Camping World Marcus Lemonis Kevin Bostrom, VP Camping World Dan Schafer, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J. Kate and Kacey Coppola, Big Machine Records recording artists (2) F-18 Hornets, SC USMC Air Station 133,000
[147,000]
29 9/28 Kansas, KS Camping World RV 400 Kurt Hunt, Director of Motorsports, Camping World Kurt Hunt ? Cole Cochran, Kansas City Raceway Ministries Actor Elijah Kelley USASOC Helicopters 100,000
[81,687]
30 10/5 Talladega, AL AMP Energy 500 Pepsi employees who serve with the Army National Guard; Antonio Clements, John Foster, Richard Stuckey, Daniel Harris, Demetrius Blackmon, Reginald Thomas, Kenneth Goodwin and Raymond Castleberry Pepsi employees who serve with the Army National Guard; Antonio Clements, John Foster, Richard Stuckey, Daniel Harris, Demetrius Blackmon, Reginald Thomas, Kenneth Goodwin and Raymond Castleberry Golfer Boo Weekley Fred Cook of Alabama Raceway Ministries Brad Arnold, the lead singer of 3 Doors Down 4 F-15 C Eagles, 2nd FS, American Beagle Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL 145,000
[143,321]
31 10/11 Concord, NC Bank of America 500 Gold Medalist Swimmer Aaron Peirsol Aaron Peirsol ? Pastor Loran Livingston, Central Church of God Jessica Simpson none 160,000
[171,000]
32 10/19 Martinsville, VA TUMS QuikPak 500 Staff Sgt. Robert Hankins Staff Sgt. Robert Hankins ? Eldred Davis, Raceway Ministries Martinsville High School Marching Band none seen on TV 64,000
[65,000]
33 10/26 Hampton, GA Pep Boys Auto 500 Pep Boy's Sr. VP Scott Webb Pep Boy's Sr. VP Scott Webb ? Keith Strickland, Solid Stone Ministries, McDonough, GA American Idol’s Michael Johns C-130, 919 Special Operations Group, Eglin AFB, FL 80,000
[118,000]
34 11/2 Fort Worth, TX Dickies 500 Hale Hughes Hale Hughes ? Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries Texas Christian University Marching Band B-52, Barksdale Air Force Base 165,000
[159,585]
35 11/9 Phoenix, AZ Checker Auto Parts 500(k) Brake Master's Huy Nguyen Huy Nguyen PIR Chaplain Ken Bowers Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin 4 F-16's, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB Glendale, AZ 100,000
[76,812]
36 11/16 Homestead, FL Ford 400 Ford's Edsel B. Ford Ford's Edsel B. Ford MRO's Billy Mauldin Jr Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo 80,000
[72,000]


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