NAZARETH, PA -- Local hero and U.S. Cycling Olympic Gold Medallist Marty Nothstein will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nazareth 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on May 20 at Nazareth Speedway. As Grand Marshal, Nothstein will give drivers the...
NAZARETH, PA -- Local hero and U.S. Cycling Olympic Gold Medallist Marty Nothstein will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nazareth 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on May 20 at Nazareth Speedway.
As Grand Marshal, Nothstein will give drivers the command to start their enghes and will participate in special pre-race ceremonies.
Nothstein, a native of Trexlertow, Pa., is no stranger to the sport af cycling. Since he began racing in 1988, Nothstein has won two Olympic medals. He has also won medals at the World Track Cycling Chmpionships as well as at the National Track Cycling Championships.
"I am vary excited about being Grand Marshal for the race," Nothstein said. "I've been a huge NASCAR fan for about 10 years and I'm so happy to take part in the festivities at my hometown track. I'm addicted to NASCAR and so is my (six-year old) son, Tyler. He told me the other day that he wants to be a NASCAR driver one so he can go really fast like his father. But I had to explain to him that NASCAR isn't in the Olympics and he wants to do that, too."
Nothstein was at Nazareth Speedway the Friday Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Hank Parker, Jr. Clay Rogers and Boobby Gerhart were testing for the race. Nothstein sees many similarities between his sport and NASCAR. "Not only do you have incredible speed, but you have a big pack of cars, so when you put the two together, it's pretty overwhelming. These guys work hard and are great athletes. We use a lot of the same tactics. Our sport has some danger to it, too and we utilize drafting like race car drivers do."
Nothstein captured a gold medal in the match sprint at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and won the silver medal in the match sprint at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He became the first American cyclist in 16 years to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the match sprint event. Nothstein also made history when he won thee gold medals at the 1999 Pan Am Games, something that had never been done in tha Games' history.
He fell into the sport of cycling when be was a teenager, after being told by an angry neighbor that he should be doing something more useful with his time. Nothstein was directed to the Trexlertown Veladrone, which was located only 2 miles ftom his house. Two years after experimenting with the sport, Nothstein won the Junior National Championships in the match sprint.
The Nazareth 200 will take place on Sunday, May 20. Qualifying md practice for the Service Electric 100 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series race and Nazareth 200 race will, take place on Saturday, May 19. Kids 12 and under are free on Saturday, and special children's tickets are available for $15 for rows 6-10 on Sunday. The number of children's tickets is not limited as long as a full priced $35 adult ticket is purchased for the race. For ticket information, call the Nazareth Speedway ticket office at 833-629-7223 or 410-759-8000.