Honorary Starter, Grand Marshal Announced for the GEICO 500

Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley (Left), Aerospace Medical Services Technician, from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, will serve as the Honorary Starter for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, May 1, while Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix (Right), also of the Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the race’s Grand Marshal
Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley (Left), Aerospace Medical Services Technician, from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, will serve as the Honorary Starter for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, May 1, while Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix (Right), also of the Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the race’s Grand Marshal

Talladega Superspeedway announced today the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 1.

Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, will serve as the Grand Marshal and give the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, Start Your Engines," bookending pre-race ceremonies at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bringing 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to the green flag as Honorary Starter will be Aerospace Medical Services Technician Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley, also from the Maxwell Air Force Base.

MSgt Nix is currently responsible for the training of 1,700 students annually that are commissioned in the Chaplain, Healthcare and JAG Corps. MSgt Nix enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1998. In addition to being awarded the Bronze Star, MSgt Nix has acquired numerous prestigious decorations and awards including: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with One Silver Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.

SrA Copley is currently assigned to 42d Medical Operations Squadron and performs a wide range of medical roles. She provides essential care in assisting 5 providers who care for patients in various situations such as immunizations and Pediatric screenings. SrA Copley was awarded the Hard Charger Award, 42d MDOS in 2015. Her other achievements include: 2015 Airman of the Second Quarter, 42d MDOS, 2015 Airman of the Year Award, 42d Air Base Wing and 2015 Airman of the Year, Team Maxwell.

The winner of the GEICO 500 is all but guaranteed a spot in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this fall, raising the stakes for what is already one of the season’s most exciting events. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with six wins at the famed speedway under his belt, will look to defend his thrilling win in last year’s GEICO 500.

The anticipated weekend kicks off on Friday, April 29, with practice sessions for the Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and GEICO 500, as well as practice, qualifying and the drop of the green flag for the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards at 5 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s schedule includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 as well as time trials and the start of the Sparks Energy 300 at 2 p.m. CDT. Later that evening, Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy, will headline the traditional Infield Concert. Admission is free with a GEICO 500 ticket. The GEICO 500 race Sunday is set for a 12:00 p.m. (CDT) start.

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