McCain Named Honorary Starter For Coca-Cola 600

The track won't be the only place to find the stars during the upcoming races at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain will be the honorary starter for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27th. Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will be the grand marshal for the race.

Lee Ann Rimes will sing the national anthem at the Coca-Cola 600 following ceremonies that honor the military, complete with the assembly of 15-hundred uniformed troops from Fort Bragg and a flyover by four fighter jets.

General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to attend as well.

The speedway announced last week that basketball legend Michael Jordan, managing member of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats, will be grand marshal for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge on May 19th.

Gospel singer BeBe Winans will sing the national anthem at the all-star race. A sweepstakes will determine the honorary starter.