Fort Hood’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation partnered with the Texas Motor Speedway to give 2,500 free tickets to service members and their families at Fort Hood May 10, for the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 22.

“On behalf of everyone at Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR, we stand 100% behind all the great men and women who serve our country at Fort Hood,” said Rob Ramage, senior vice-president and general manager of the Texas Motor Speedway. “I want everyone at Fort Hood to know we stand with them, honor them, and thank them.”

Ramage made the three-hour trek from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Fort Hood to personally meet, shake hands with the men and women who serve the nation and thank them for their service.

“I cannot tell you how personal and meaningful it was to me to visit with and thank all the service members of our great U.S. Army that serve our country. I loved it,” he added. “I’m so honored to have visited with our service members, so proud of them, honored to be in their presence.”

The event will kick-off with a free concert by country music artist Blake Shelton, games and activities for children, and the race will include NASCAR’s top drivers. The event will conclude with a concert by Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, a Mexican band from Mazatlán, Sinaloa. For those who have never been to a NASCAR event, Ramage said people should be prepared to see America in its full glory.

“A celebration of our patriotism like no other event or professional sport. Our sport is us – you and I. It’s about common people doing great things. Fun things where we all gather together as Americans. It’s a family event for families and a late night for others. It’s beyond belief and so much fun,” he said. “It’s America at is finest. God Bless the USA is what we do, who we are, and what you will see.”   

“This will be my first time to attend a Texas Motor Speedway race,” shared Maj. Chad Lorenz, while also mentioning that his father-in-law is a season ticket holder, and he was especially excited about the ticket giveaway because he had been waiting for a chance to attend a race.

The Soldier, who works at III Corps, said having the opportunity to meet Ramage was great because of how passionate the vice-president and general manager was about meeting the troops. Lorenz, who has spent 10 of his 15 years in the Army stationed at the Great Place, said he is often amazed by the community events available to the troops at Fort Hood.

“Since my family has been stationed at Fort Hood so often, we’ve been able to experience a number of these opportunities for Soldiers and their families,” he added. “This event is just another great example of how unique the Soldier and family experience is here in Texas and particularly here at Fort Hood.”

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“We love you and our partnership is about supporting you, your family and being one with you in your service. We thank everyone at Fort Hood for your honor, service and sacrifice. We love you all, pray for you, and support you 100%,” Ramage added. “We are your home track. Thank you for all that you do. God Bless you and your families.”