Globetrotters To Give Command, Holland To Drive Pace Car And Lead 43-Car AAA Texas 500 Field To Green Flag
A distinguished but diverse group from varying arenas, ranging from the iconic Harlem Globetrotters to Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, will serve as the dignitaries for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Eliminator 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 2nd.
The Harlem Globetrotters, known for their basketball wizardry and antics around the world since being formed in 1926, have been named the Grand Marshals of the AAA Texas 500 and will have the honor of giving the start command to the 43-driver Sprint Cup Series field. "Buckets" Blakes will give the command, but will be joined by teammates "Too Tall" Hall, "Hi-Lite" Bruton, "Scooter" Christensen and "Bull" Bullard at the stage with a unique presentation planned.
The Globetrotters also will be performing three shows Sunday (10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon CT) for speedway season ticket holders on a basketball floor set up in the Nationwide Series garage during the "No Limits" Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino & Resort.
"It's a great thrill to be able to visit Texas Motor Speedway, especially right in the thick of the NASCAR Chase," Blakes said. "We're excited to be able to entertain all the fans that will be there, and we're already working on some things to try and take advantage of the giant HD video screen there. Everything's got to be bigger for Texas!"
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The AAA Texas 500, which begins at 2 p.m. CT Sunday (Nov. 2), is the second of three races in the Eliminator 8 Round that will determine which four drivers will advance to compete for the Sprint Cup Series championship Sunday, Nov. 16, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The AAA Texas 500 is part of a NASCAR tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway that also includes Friday night's Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 and Saturday's Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.