National Guard to be honored at Richmond

National Guard Invites Soldiers To Observe Armed Forces Day In Richmond NEXTEL Donates Tickets To Local National Guard Members For NEXTEL All-Star Challenge CONCORD, N.C. (May 11, 2004) - There are currently more than 80,000 National Guard ...

National Guard Invites Soldiers To Observe Armed Forces Day In Richmond

NEXTEL Donates Tickets To Local National Guard Members For NEXTEL All-Star Challenge

CONCORD, N.C. (May 11, 2004) - There are currently more than 80,000 National Guard Soldiers serving overseas. Of the remaining 270,000 members of the National Guard here in the United States, a majority of them have either recently returned from deployment or are scheduled to be deployed in the next few months.

This weekend 200 of those soldiers from all over the United States will be in attendance at the Chevrolet American Revolution 400 in Richmond, Va. Each of these soldiers enlisted five people in the National Guard over a three to four-month period during the National Guard's "Victory Challenge."

As part of National Armed Forces Day, 50 of the attending National Guard soldiers will carry the state flags during the opening ceremonies and the Adjutant General of Virginia, Major General Claude Williams will lead Saturday's race attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Subway, one of the National Guard's partners on the No. 16 Roush Racing Nextel Cup entry, will provide lunch for the soldiers on Saturday afternoon before the festivities begin. Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus has also planned a visit with the group prior to the start of the race.

"We appreciate everything these soldiers are doing both here and overseas," said Biffle. "It's great that the National Guard has been able to honor this group of soldiers by bringing them out to watch their car in Saturday's race. It will be an exciting race and hopefully they'll get to see then National Guard car up front at the end."

Also in attendance this Saturday will be Barry Pepper, an actor with such credits at "Saving Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers". Pepper met the National Guard crew in Martinsville earlier this year and was invited back as an honorary pit crew member for the upcoming race in Richmond.

In addition to the activities this weekend in Richmond, the National Guard is also being honored by Nextel, which is donating over 200 tickets to the North Carolina National Guard for the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The tickets will be presented by a Nextel representative and Greg Biffle to the National Guard at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 12th at the National Guard Armory in Concord.

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the National Guard website at www.1-800-GO-GUARD.com.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle, two in the Busch Series with Martin, Burton, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards. For sponsorship inquiries, contact John Miller, Roush Racing, (704) 720-4600.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jon Wood , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin
Teams Williams