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Military heroes to serve as dignitaries at Martinsville

October 23, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

TUMS selects Fort Bragg soldiers as honorary starter and grand marshals

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- For the 65th running of the fall race at Martinsville Speedway, TUMS has selected five soldiers from Fort Bragg to serve as the honorary starter and grand marshals on October 28 at the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Solomon from the XVIII Airborne Corps will serve as honorary starter and wave the green flag to start the 500-lap event. Proclaiming the most famous words in racing, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," will be Sgt. Chad Willis from the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater); Sgt. Chase Noble and Spc. Mathew Lee McClintock both from the 1-508th, 4th Brigade Combat Team; and Pfc. Albert Boston from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

"The United States military and each base are critical to the defense of our country," said Steve Kinsey, brand manager for TUMS. "For the TUMS Fast Relief 500, we wanted to salute the servicemen and women that protect our freedom. For the military dignitaries and guests who will be in attendance at the race and for those at home, we can't thank them enough for their contributions."

In addition, TUMS also provided 500 tickets to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 to soldiers from Fort Bragg and Fort Lee and air men and women from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is the seventh of 10 races that will determine the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion.