It's no secret that NASCAR and NASCAR fans have a special relationship with the United States Military and Dover International Speedway is no exception. It's common to see members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard as guest with teams at tracks on any given race weekend. And military units located near tracks often provide the color guard for races.
Now Dover International Speedway has announced it's all-new Reward Our Troops program. The unique program looks to give back to members of the military, veterans, and family members of fallen heroes to a Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed Dover track often called "The Monster Mile."
As a member of the military family, and a proud father of an Army Strong soldier, I think this is a pretty neat thing that the folks at Dover are doing. I think the track, the Dover crew, and the Veteran Tickets Foundation deserve a shout out from NASCAR fans across the country! I've posted the entire press release below from Dover International Speedway complete with links for more information.
Jerry Markland/Getty Images Reward Our Troops Press Release
DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway has announced its all-new Reward Our Troops program, a ticket donation initiative that provides individual ticket purchasers or businesses the opportunity to make a contribution toward sending an active member of the military, a Veteran or family members of our fallen heroes to a Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile.
Partnering with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, the Speedway will offer each person who purchases tickets to a Sunday race at the Monster Mile the chance to make a monetary donation of their choosing that will go toward a ticket in the Reward Our Troops Program. The Veteran Tickets Foundation will then distribute tickets through www.VetTix.org,,, free of charge, to the brave men and women that make up our military, and their families.
"We're proud to work with race fans to give back to our active military, veterans and the families of those that made the ultimate sacrifice," said Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "Giving these servicemen and women, along with their families, a fun day at the track is just one small way we can show our appreciation for all they've done for us."
In addition to individual ticket buyers, businesses will also have the opportunity to participate in three tiers — donating 10 tickets for $400, 25 tickets for $1,000 or 65 tickets for $2,600.
Anyone that makes a donation will be eligible for a tax write-off, and will receive thank you notes from the military and photos from the event. In addition, individuals and companies that donate will be recognized on VetTix.org and DoverSpeedway.com.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28 for the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com . You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter at @MonsterMile and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
About the Veteran Tickets Foundation
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation supporting our military community. Vet Tix provides free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of those killed in action to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Our military and veterans experience many difficult transitions as they reintegrate into their families, communities, and eventually, into civilian life. Attending events improves morale, strengthens family bonds through shared interests and encourages service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. In gratitude for their service and to support their reintegration, Vet Tix is dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. For more information please visit VetTix.org Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Image: Soldiers and airmen with the Delaware National Guard partake in the opening ceremony for NASCAR's FedEx 400 at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., June 2, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie/Released)