Officials from Charlotte Motor Speedway and Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, visited the U.S. military base at Fort Bragg, N.C., Monday to present a ceremonial Coca-Cola 600 race ticket to John Falkenbury, president of the United Service Organizations of North Carolina.

The presentation was in honor of the return of the Let the Troops Race program, allowing fans and companies to show their gratitude to the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by purchasing value-priced tickets for troops to attend the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend.

"As the driver of the U.S. Army Chevrolet, I definitely see and appreciate and each and every weekend appreciate more the relationship that we have in NASCAR with soldiers and the opportunities they've given us to be able to do what we love to do – drive race cars, go to the race tracks and enjoy NASCAR," said Newman. "So the Memorial Day weekend is definitely special for us, driving the U.S. Army Chevrolet at the home track of Charlotte, and we do our best to represent them. It's not that far of a drive from Fort Bragg to Charlotte Motor Speedway, giving them the opportunity to come see us for Memorial Day weekend is pretty special."

See photos from the visit and show in our photo gallery.

Charlotte Motor Speedway also helped produce the first-ever broadcast on a U.S. military base of the Performance Racing Network’s popular show, “Fast Talk.” The show was recorded in front of a live audience of more than 100 service members and their families and co-hosted by PRN’s Doug Rice and Kyle Petty, winner of the 1987 Coca-Cola 600. Guests on the show included Falkenbury, Newman and Col. Stephen Sicinski, garrison commander at Ft. Bragg. 

During the Let the Troops Race program, fans who purchase tickets to the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway via phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or in the speedway ticket office can purchase an additional ticket for just $20 to send a member of the U.S. Armed Forces to NASCAR’s most challenging race.

For their donation, fans will receive recognition on the Charlotte Motor Speedway website, in the Coca-Cola 600 souvenir program for orders received before April 15 and on the world’s largest high-definition video board that will play at the speedway during Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend.

Companies can also participate by purchasing a block of tickets for troops and their families with a 100-ticket minimum purchase at the $20 per ticket price by calling (704) 455-3203. For their donation, companies will receive the same recognition as fans, plus inclusion in a 30-second Let the Troops Race promotional spot on the HD video board.   

Tickets will be distributed through the United Service Organizations to active servicemen and women.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is donating 1,000 seats to soldiers from Fort Bragg. Hundreds of soldiers from Fort Bragg are expected to participate in the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show with a military demonstration and march down the frontstretch.

“The Let the Troops Race ticket program gives our fans the opportunity to honor the men and women in the U.S. military on the most patriotic weekend of the year,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Last year more than 3,500 members of the U.S. Armed Forces attended the Coca-Cola 600 through this program. This year we’d like for companies and fans to help us double that number so as many American troops as possible can make lifetime memories with us on Memorial Day Weekend.”

The Let the Troops Race ticket program runs through May 13.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is also offering specially priced tickets for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who wish to purchase tickets directly. Special military pricing is available for all major events at the speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Military personnel can contact the ticket office and supply a military identification number for specific details on pricing.

Tickets for all Spring Season of Speed events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMAX Dragway are on sale now. Frontstretch tickets with the best views of pit road and the world’s largest HD video board, coming to the speedway in May, start at just $49 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or two for just $99 to the Coca-Cola 600.

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