Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will serve as the Honorary Pace Vehicle Driver for the seventh annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, July 8.
"For anybody that loves racing, it's a tremendous honor and I'm truly grateful to Toyota and the Kentucky Speedway for making this possible," said Gov. Bevin. "I have a son who is such a NASCAR fan. It's like a dream come true. The sounds and the smells of being down there on the track, the heat, all of it. The roar of the crowds, the anticipation. I'm excited just thinking about it. I can't imagine how sweet it will be when I'm actually in that seat."
Matt Bevin was elected the 62nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015. He is a husband, father of nine children, veteran, and successful small business owner.
Growing up, Matt Bevin and his family of eight lived in an old farmhouse, sharing three bedrooms and one bathroom. The humble home stood on a farm where the family raised crops and livestock, instilling in their children a strong work ethic and solid Christian values.
Bevin later attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on a ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as a US Army officer and left the service having achieved the rank of captain.
After his military service, Gov. Bevin worked for many years in the financial industry. A job opportunity brought him and his wife Glenna, a registered nurse, to Kentucky in 2000, where they decided to settle down and raise their family.
Bevin founded several companies in Kentucky and invested in a number of others in the Commonwealth as well as in other states. He managed and expanded multiple businesses, ranging from manufacturing, investment management, and medical devices. His businesses created a great many well-paying jobs for hard-working Americans.
In 2011, Gov. Bevin became the president of Bevin Bros., a small bell manufacturing company founded in 1832, and a family business for six generations. Although the company was bankrupt when he took over, Governor Bevin's leadership brought it back from the edge and saved more than 25 jobs. Today, Bevin Bros. makes all bells used by the Salvation Army volunteers each year.
Gov. Bevin served on many non-profit boards, including as Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter. He has permanently endowed several scholarship funds, grants, and centers that provide educational opportunities for young people with limited financial resources.
The 2017 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, July 8. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on Thursday, July 6 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 7
The General Tire Super Weekend returns in September when the XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 is run on Saturday, Sept. 23 along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, Sept. 22.
Tickets, Kroger Fan Zone passes and campsites are on sale at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting our speedway ticket offices at 1 Speedway Dr., Sparta, KY., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N