FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Robertson clan of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" fame will not be ducking any of the honorary positions associated with the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6, at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Robertsons, ranging from patriarch Phil to granddaughter Sadie, will fill six honorary positions for the race that bears the name of their family-owned business as more than two dozen family members and relatives will be on hand for the festivities surrounding their first NASCAR race sponsorship venture.
"Like everything our family does on the show and in business, we strive to bring families together, and that includes our own. So when we made the decision to sponsor the Duck Commander 500, we knew it would be a Robertson family affair," shares Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck/Buck Commander. "We think it will be a lot of fun and make for a memorable weekend with a variety of interactive Commander events taking place."
Many of the family members will play integral roles in the festivities throughout the weekend. Willie will welcome the crowd to the largest-attended, single-day sporting event in Texas, and he and Korie's 16-year-old daughter Sadie will deliver the invocation. Jase will introduce the top-10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, and his wife Missy will sing the National Anthem.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson clan, will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag from the starter's stand above the 43-car field while his brother "Uncle" Si will be the Grand Marshal and provide the command to the drivers to start their engines for the 2 p.m. CT race start live on FOX.
Jep Robertson, the younger brother of Willie, Jase and Alan, will be in one of the Chevrolet Camaro pace cars that will help lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting field to the green flag.
Willie, who signed the three-year deal with Texas Motor Speedway to serve as the title sponsor for the annual April Sprint Cup race, also will have a post-race role and will present the iconic wooden boot trophy to the Duck Commander 500 winner in Victory Lane.
In addition to the honorary roles, Phil and Alan Robertson are scheduled to lead the service for Racing for Faith prior to the Duck Commander 500 at 8:45 a.m. CT in the Turn 1 Speedway Club grandstands on Sunday, April 6. The event is open and free to anyone who has a race ticket to the Duck Commander 500.
Those interested will enter the event through The Speedway Club building.
Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
The Season 5 finale of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will air Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT.
About Duck Commander: Duck Commander is a family-owned and operated business that was established in 1972 by Phil Robertson and based in West Monroe, Louisiana. What once began as a duck call centered company has grown into a multi-million dollar empire. Duck Commander products, which now include much more than just duck calls, have been sold in all fifty states and in several countries and encompass lifestyle brands including Duck Commander duck-hunting merchandise, Buck Commander deer-hunting merchandise, Duck Girl apparel, Duck Commander Wine, Duck Commander Family Foods and more. Each of the Duck Commander brands was created with a focus on bringing family together. It is their motto of faith, family, and ducks that has resonated with fans at their speaking engagements and on the No. 1 cable show "Duck Dynasty." Their perseverance, business savvy and knack for storytelling also landed them at the top of the New York Times' Best Sellers list three times with titles "The Duck Commander Family," "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander," and "Si-cology." Last fall the family celebrated their first venture into music with a No. 1 debut of their holiday album Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. For more information, please visit www.duckcommander.com.
About Texas Motor Speedway: Texas Motor Speedway, with a crowd capacity in excess of 180,000, is among the largest sports stadiums in America and features an array of amenities that make it one of the premier venues in the world of sports. Known as "The Great American Speedway!," the 1.5-mile superspeedway located in Fort Worth plays host to two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series as well as one in the IndyCar Series. The attendances for the NASCAR Sprint Cup events since the facility opened in 1997 annually rank among the largest sporting events in the United States and also are the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in the state of Texas. Texas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.