Franklin Graham (Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Photographs)
Reverend Franklin Graham is ready to present the invocation previous to Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Collection race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Whereas followers received’t be allowed within the grandstands for tomorrow’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Collection race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an invocation will likely be delivered previous to the occasion like traditional.
That invocation is ready to be delivered by Reverend Franklin Graham.
Graham, a local of Asheville, North Carolina who serves because the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation and Samaritan’s Purse, gave the invocation forward of the 400-lap race across the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Harmony, North Carolina again in 2009 as properly.
This race is the third Cup Collection race again because the coronavirus pandemic struck and triggered a 10-week hiatus after the season’s fourth race at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March eight.
Darlington Raceway hosted a race final Sunday and one other one final Wednesday. NASCAR has confirmed a return to racing schedule by way of Sunday, June 21.
Graham himself is a fan of NASCAR and notably counseled Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron for his Christian religion after making his Cup Collection debut again in February of 2018 within the Daytona 500 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Byron responded by inviting him to a race.
Three generations of Grahams have provided invocations forward of races on Memorial Day Weekend, in accordance with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation. Will, Franklin’s son, delivered one forward of final yr’s version of NASCAR’s longest race whereas the late Reverend Billy, Franklin’s father, delivered one forward of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway again in 1999.
As a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Indy 500 has been postponed to Sunday, August 23 this yr. Because the race started again in 1911, it has solely not been contested six occasions because of World Wars I and II. None of its 103 runnings have taken place exterior of the month of Might.
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Tune in to Fox at 6:00 p.m. ET tomorrow night for the dwell broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.