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Wings’ Blashill will be grand marshal for MIS race

The Detroit News
Jeff Bashill

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Michigan International Speedway.

Blashill, who was born in Detroit, raised in Sault Ste. Marie and played college hockey at Ferris State, will give the command of “Start your engines!” ahead of the 2 p.m. start of the race.

“It’s an honor to serve as grand marshal for the Pure Michigan 400,” Blashill said. “I was born and raised in Michigan and have had the opportunity to spend most of my coaching career here, so I know how passionate the fans are for all sports. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to meet the drivers, take part in the pre-race activities and soak in the atmosphere on race day.”

For ticket information for the August race weekend at MIS, go to mispeedway.com.