Lee Greenwood named Show-Me 100 Grand Marshall
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April 14, 2021  |  by Lyndal Scranton

The 29th annual Show-Me 100 presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com the at Lucas Oil Speedway is getting even bigger with the final night one that fans won't want to miss.

Lucas Oil Speedway is proud to announce that three-time CMA and ACM Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award winner and American patriot Lee Greenwood will serve as Grand Marshall for the final night of the event on Saturday, May 29.

Greenwood will sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies and also his iconic song God Bless the U.S.A. after driver introductions just prior to the green flag falling to begin the 100-lap feature.

“We are excited to have Lee Greenwood as the Grand Marshall of the Show-Me 100 and sing the National Anthem along with his iconic song God Bless the U.S.A.,” said Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

Castleberry added that Greenwood’s appearance at the Show-Me 100 “will bring increased recognition as we honor the military and veterans during the event on Memorial Day Weekend. Lee Greenwood and his award-winning career adds more star power to one of the biggest events of the year and a must attend event for race fans all across the country.”

Saturday night dirt-track racing in the heartland of America—on Memorial Day Weekend, no less—has Greenwood excited.

“I’ve sang at so many races, in addition to rodeos, I think that maybe racing fans are as patriotic as anybody in the country and they let you know it,” Greenwood said.

“Since my writing of God Bless the U.S.A. has been in the forefront for American pride, these days of American patriotism and flag-waving are very important. I think I need to have a presence in the country as much as possible. Here we will be, in the heartland of America right there in Missouri, there's nothing more patriotic than that.”

Greenwood has seven No. 1 songs and 25 charted singles to his credit. His country hits include It Turns Me Inside Out, Ring On Her Finger Time On Her Hands, She’s Lying, I Don’t Mind The Thorns If You’re The Rose, Dixie Road, Somebody’s Gonna Love You, Going Going Gone, You Got A Good Love Comin, Fools Gold and Mornin Ride while he already garnered several crossover hits such as Touch & Go Crazy, I.O.U. and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, To Me.

His numerous industry awards include Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1983 and 1984, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for I.O.U. The CMA also named God Bless The U.S.A. its Song of the Year in 1985.

God Bless the U.S.A. went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9-11-2001. In addition, CBS News voted God Bless The U.S.A. the most recognizable patriotic song in America.

U.S.A. is the song I always felt the need to write,” Greenwood said. “I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast and to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy.”

More information about Lee Greenwood, including tour dates for 2021, can be found at LeeGreenwood.com.

The Show-Me 100 weekend features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, plus Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified full programs each night.

Action kicks off on Thursday, May 27, with the Cowboy Classic with Late Models headlining the program with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event plus the USRA Modified feature winner earning $750.

The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday, May 28, also will see a $6,000-to-win Late Model feature while USRA Modifieds compete in a $750-to-win main event with more points collected toward the Saturday's finale.

The Saturday, May 29, program includes B-Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Late Model main event along with a $1,500-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

Thursday, May 27: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $60 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.
Friday, May 28: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $60 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.
Saturday, May 29: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $80 family pass; $40 pit pass.

Three-day reserved tickets for the Show-Me 100 are non-refundable. Pit passes are not a part of the reserved-seat package and pit passes cannot be exchanged or used toward purchase of the reserved-seat package. However, there is a three-day pit pass that includes general admission seating in addition to pit-area access.

For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and schedules can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. For more information call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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