An all-star lineup of dignitaries will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at America's Home for Racing, providing even more punch for the 35th running of the biggest all-star event in sports.
The action kicks off with Friday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race - which features world-renowned "Wheel of Fortune" hostess and actress Vanna White serving as grand marshal.
Before WWE Superstar R-Truth paces Saturday's All-Star Race field as honorary pace car driver, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee team owner Joe Gibbs - who has four cars locked into the All-Star Race - will deliver the invocation.
Michael Tait, a Grammy Award-winning Christian rock singer best known for his role as the lead singer for DC Talk and the Newsboys, will perform the national anthem for NASCAR's most spectacular showcase of speed and strategy.
Axell "Slay" Hodges, an X-Games motocross competitor and Real Moto gold medalist, will get the fun kicked into high gear by giving the command to start engines.
Dignitaries for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 include:
• Honorary Starter: Gregory Oxendine, NC Education Lottery Lucke-Rewards winner
• Presentation of Colors: UNC-Charlotte ARMY ROTC Color Guard
• Invocation: Nick Terry, Motor Racing Outreach chaplain
• Grand Marshal: Vanna White, "Wheel of Fortune" hostess, and Dean Villeneuve, NC Education Lottery Lucke-Rewards winner
• National Anthem: Domenica Coka
Dignitaries for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race include:
• Honorary Pace Car Driver: R-Truth, WWE Superstar
• Honorary Starter: Luke "The Dingo" Trembath, Monster Energy snowboarding athlete
• Presentation of Colors: The City of Burlington Fire Department Honor Guard
• Invocation: Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing
• Grand Marshal: Axell "Slay" Hodges, X-Games motocross competitor and Real Moto gold medalist
• National Anthem: Michael Tait, Grammy Award-winning lead singer for DC Talk and The Newsboys