Legendary Raiders Quarterback Ken Stabler Named Grand Marshal of NASCAR Weekend in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (May 18, 2009) -- Legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR...
Legendary Raiders Quarterback Ken Stabler Named Grand Marshal of NASCAR Weekend in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (May 18, 2009) -- Legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 19-21, at Infineon Raceway.
Stabler, who guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in 1977, will be honored at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet on Friday, June 19, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
He will also take part in pre-race activities on race day, June 21 (Father's Day), including participating in the official command of, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines."
"I'm very honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway. It will be great fun to be back in Northern California with good friends and great fans," said Stabler, an avid NASCAR fan who resides in Alabama.
"Ken Stabler is one of the Bay Area's all-time sports heroes, not just for his achievements on the field, but also as one of the defining personalities on a legendary football team," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. "He'll give a terrific spark to our NASCAR festivities and we look forward to having him join us for the weekend."
Stabler will also be an interested spectator for the Bennett Lane Winery 200, presented by Supercuts, NASCAR Camping World West Series race on Saturday, June 20.
DenBeste Motorsports & Biagi Brothers will enter the Silver & Black car, dedicated to Stabler's legendary Raider career. It is fitting that this year the Oakland Raiders celebrate their 50th anniversary in professional football.
"Were very excited to be participating in the Bennett Lane Winery 200 on Saturday," Stabler said. "I have been a huge race fan my entire life and especially to be here as Grand Marshal at Infineon and have a car competing in the race on Saturday is going to be a real thrill and I'm looking forward to a big weekend of fun."
In his 10 years with the Raiders, the left-handed Stabler's honors include: 1974 NFL MVP; Super Bowl XI Champion; four-time Pro Bowler (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977); the NFL 1970's All-Decade Team; and 1976 Bert
Bell Award for NFL Player of the Year.
Stabler also led the NFL in passing touchdowns in 1974 and 1976 and is the all-time leader for the Raiders in pass attempts, completion percentage, yardage and touchdowns. He also holds the record for most victories by a Raiders quarterback (71). Stabler, an All-American from the University of Alabama, was enshrined into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Tickets are available for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 19-21. Call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com or www.ticketmaster.com.