Las Vegas — Las Vegas native and two-time National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper has been named grand marshal for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 12-year veteran outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, a Las Vegas High School graduate, will deliver the command to start engines for the 26th annual NASCAR Cup Series event at LVMS.
“I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for quite some time now, so being asked to give the command, especially at my hometown track, just checks off another box on my to-do list as a fan,” Harper said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this awesome event.”
Harper joins a list of luminaries to deliver the command at LVMS, including Carroll Shelby, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Allen, Marcus Allen, Cole Hauser, Derek Carr, Kim Kardashian, Rascal Flatts, Brent Musburger and Dana White.
LVMS’s spring 2023 NASCAR Weekend begins with the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday, March 3. The Alsco Uniforms 300 Xfinity race will be Saturday, March 4 and the weekend will conclude with the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday, March 5.
All children 12 and under get in free on Friday and Saturday with a ticketed adult and can attend the Pennzoil 400 alongside a ticketed adult for just $10 on Sunday. Tickets for the Pennzoil 400 still remain by visiting www.lvms.com or calling 1-800-644-4444. Stage-front passes for the Uncle Kracker pre-race concert and driver introductions can be found HERE.
Terry Fator, USAF Thunderbirds kick off Pennzoil 400 on Sunday, March 5
Long-time Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator and the world-famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will get race fans in the patriotic spirit prior to the March 5 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fator, winner of season two of America’s Got Talent, will perform the national anthem before the start of the Pennzoil 400 race. The Dallas-bred entertainer led a record-breaking 11-year run at The Mirage, where he performed in front of millions. Fator recently opened his new Las Vegas show, “Terry Fator: Who’s the Dummy Now?” at Liberty Loft inside New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
At the conclusion of the anthem, the Thunderbirds will punctuate the pre-race activities with a six-jet, Delta formation flyover, launching out of their home station, Nellis Air Force Base. America’s “Ambassadors in Blue” are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. The Thunderbirds’ F-16 Fighting Falcons are assigned to the Air Combat Command and the team includes 12 officers and 120 enlisted personnel who perform more than 70 aerobatic demonstrations at approximately 35 locations throughout the year.
The race weekend starts with the annual Hauler Parade on Las Vegas Blvd. on Thursday night, March 2. Racing starts Friday, March 3, with truck and Xfinity practice and qualifying followed by the Victoria’s Voice 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Saturday begins with Cup Series practice and qualifying, followed by the Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The weekend will conclude the anticipated tripleheader weekend on Sunday with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.