Monday, May 11, 2009

A Little Race Day Inspiration

Franklin Graham, son of renowned and beloved preacher Billy Graham, will deliver an inspirational message to the fans in attendance at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24. Graham's message will be broadcast via the speedway's public address system and then he'll stay to offer the pre-race invocation.

Graham, a remarkably talented speaker in his own right, is currently the CEO of Samaritan's Purse, a humanitarian organization based in Boone, North Carolina that assists in disaster relief, feeds the hungry and works to alleviate human suffering around the world.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to speak to these race fans," said Graham. "I've been a race fan most of my life so, to have this chance to speak about God's love and to present the Gospel is a real privilege."

In addition to Graham's message and invocation during pre-race, he will also assist with Motor Racing Outreach's Sunday service to the drivers and team members in the garage.

"The Graham family has meant so much, not only to me and my family, but so many families throughout the world and especially in the Carolinas," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "To have Franklin Graham at Lowe's Motor Speedway delivering an inspirational message to the fans prior to the Coca-Cola 600 is truly going to be a special treat for everyone in attendance."

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