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Kurt Busch to serve as grand marshal for Atlanta NASCAR Truck Series Race


NASCAR Cup Series ompetitor and former champion, Kurt Busch, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Vet Tix Camping World 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 14. Busch started his NASCAR National touring series career racing in the NGROTS in 2000 and was a four-time winner in NGROTS competition, in just one full-time season on the circuit.

Vet Tix is a national 501 (C)(3) which has provided more than 9 million event tickets to the military and first responder communities since 2008. The mission of Vet Tix is to give back to those who have served our nation as active duty military, reserves, veterans, and first responders.

In 2019, Busch started the KB100, which made a personal commitment to offer 100 tickets to every NCS race through a partnership with Vet Tix. Last season more than 50,000 veterans and active servicemembers requested the nearly 4,000 available tickets. In 2020, Busch announced plans to enhance the offering to Vet Tix members by encouraging other drivers, sponsors and industry partners to consider matching his offer of 100 tickets to each race creating the KB100 Plus ticket giveaway. In just the first four races of the season several drivers such as, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Riley Herbst, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman, have already supported the additional Vet Tix offering.

Notes of Interest:

  • Busch blasted onto the scene racing at the national touring series level in NASCAR in 2000, starting his rookie campaign with a runner-up finish at Daytona in his first NGROTS start
  • He capped his 2000 rookie season with 16 top-10 and 13 top-five finishes along with four victories in 24 series starts, completing 98.7% laps of competition and finishing second in the series standings
  • Last week Busch scored his 300th NCS career top-10 finish at Phoenix Raceway. He is the 21st NCS driver to post 300 or more top-10 finishes and one of only three active drivers (Jimmie Johnson & Kevin Harvick) to accomplish the feat
  • To-date Busch has made over 745 starts in NASCAR’s top-three National Series (NCS, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NGROTS) and has 40 victories
  • In November 2019, Busch was presented with the Distinguished Donor Award from Vet Tix for his commitment to the military and veteran community, for going above and beyond to give to those who served

QUOTEBOARD:

Kurt Busch, Grand Marshal, Vet Tix Camping World 200: "I am honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the Vet Tix Camping World 200. I have enjoyed a great relationship with Vet Tix over the past year. It’s a great organization; not only for their support of the KB100 Plus program, but for what they do to help get active service members and veterans to hundreds of events around the country. I have a great appreciation for our nations military members and veterans and am proud to be a small part of what Vet Tix does to service that community".

Edward Rausch, Chief Operating Officer, Veteran Tickets Foundation:

"We are beyond excited to have Kurt Busch be the Grand Marshal of the Vet Tix Camping World 200. Our motto is "give something to those who gave" and Kurt defines that like no other. He has, on his own accord, been one the most significant ambassadors to our current serving, veterans and first responders in our program’s history. Kurt and his KB100+ initiative creates countless memories to our NASCAR-seeking VetTixers at every race. Thank you Kurt, for being the final piece of the puzzle of what’s going to a very exciting race."

— Chip Ganassi Racing —