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Virginia Tech football: Frank Beamer will be Grand Marshal for local SRX race

This is announced as the largest professional sporting event in Pulaski County’s history.

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Legendary former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer remains a fixture throughout the New River Valley. On Wednesday, Pulaski County Motorsports Park and Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) announced that Beamer would serve as Grand Marshal for the SRX race on July 27, 2023.

As the Grand Marshal, Beamer will be the one to start the race by announcing for racers to start their engines. The SRX race will be broadcasted live on ESPN and is expected to attract around two million viewers, per the press release.

As Grand Marshal for this exciting event, Beamer will conduct the start of the race by announcing the command for drivers to start their engines. Beamer’s presence will draw attention and viewership at an even larger level and will showcase Pulaski County as a national attraction.

The SRX race will be held at Pulaski County Motorsports Park on July 27, 2023, and will be broadcasted live on ESPN with an estimated viewership of two-million. An extensive list of world-class drivers are set to participate in this major event including two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart, 2023 Indianapolis 500 champion, Josef Newgarden, and many more incredible drivers.

In addition to the announcement of Frank Beamer as Grand Marshal, the Jared Stout Band will be putting on two separate performances leading up to the race; once at 5:15pm and again at 7:30pm.

Pulaski County Motorsports Park was recently rebranded in May. It was formerly called the Motor Mile Speedway and is located in the Fairlawn section of Pulaski County, just outside of Radford.

Beamer spent 29 seasons as head coach of the Hokies, turning the football program into a national brand. He finished his Virginia Tech career with a record of 238-121-2. His career record was 280-143-4. Beamer spent the first six seasons of his head coaching career at Murray State before returning home to his alma mater in 1987. Beamer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. His son, and former Hokie Shane Beamer, is currently the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

You can find info for the race on Pulaski County Motorsports Park’s website and purchase tickets here.