Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Martinsville thread is UP!


2 posted on 03/28/2012 6:51:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies ]


Lt. Dan will be there too..

Sinise Named Grand Marshal, Kerns Honorary Starter
http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/Articles/2012/03/grand-marshal.aspx

With only 27 days until the headache-inducing, short-track Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 race at Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s® announced today that award-winning actor Gary Sinise will serve as the grand marshal; while local hero and wounded veteran Marine Cpl. Josh “J.B.” Kerns will wave the green flag to start the 500-lap event on April 1.

Sinise, currently starring on CBS’ “CSI:NY,” launched the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, a non-profit organization that honors defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, go to www.GarySiniseFoundation.org. http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Recently, the Gary Sinise Foundation and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a fallen firefighter on 9/11), announced a partnership to build Kerns a “smart home” in his hometown of Ararat, Va., as part of the Building For America’s Bravest Program. Throughout the Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 weekend, efforts will be underway to raise funds and awareness, including a concert with Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band at Martinsville High School on March 31. To make donations to Building For America’s Bravest Program, you can go to http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/help_us/donate or https://tunneltotowersfoundation.org/donate_now.aspx.

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 will be Sinise’s first time reciting the most famous words in racing—“Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”

“The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 weekend is going to be an unforgettable weekend, bringing together the best racing in the world with an amazing effort to help J.B.,” said Sinise. “I am so grateful to Goody’s®, Martinsville Speedway and the community for allowing us to be a part of this weekend.”

Kerns, a long-time fan of racing, will serve as the Goody’s® Fast Relief 500 honorary starter. He was injured in Afghanistan in April 2011 when an IED exploded, costing him both legs and his right arm. Since that explosion, Kerns has endured tremendous pain, having undergone extensive surgeries and strenuous daily physical and occupational therapy in Bethesda, Md.

“When I was growing up I remember sitting down with my family on the weekends and watching the NASCAR races,” said Kerns. “And now, it’s awesome to think that I am going to be the one waving the flag that’s going to start the race.”

Thanks Gary!!

(No Forrest Gump tho.. drat! He taught Richard Petty and Junior Johnson how to drive yaknow)


5 posted on 03/28/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies ]

To: NormsRevenge

Thanks Norm!


7 posted on 03/28/2012 7:03:18 PM PDT by NYTexan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies ]

To: NormsRevenge

My 2nd favorite track.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 7:04:31 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies ]

To: NormsRevenge

Bada Bump!


11 posted on 03/28/2012 7:46:13 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies ]

To: NormsRevenge

My grandson’s singing group “The Sounds of Liberty” from Liberty University will sing the National Anthem at Martinsville Sunday at the Sprint race.


39 posted on 03/30/2012 3:26:57 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson