Bobby Harrell has served as S.C. Speaker of the House since 2005, and has represented Charleston and Dorchester in the S.C. House since his first election in 1992. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and owner of several small businesses. He is currently serving as Chairman of the National Speaker’s Conference. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Trey and Charlotte.“Over our country’s history, great men and women have answered America’s call to protect her citizens from the threats of evil,” said Speaker Harrell. “In doing so, many have fallen while protecting our way of life. Their sacrifice serves as a reminder to us of the high price of freedom. I am honored to be Honorary Starter for the Coca-Cola 600, which celebrates and honors their great service and sacrifice.” Thom Tillis was elected N.C. Speaker of the House earlier this year after serving two terms in the N.C. House of Representatives, representing District 98. Prior to his election in 2006, Tillis was a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a management consultant to IBM. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Lindsay and Ryan. “Hosting the nation’s largest Memorial Day celebration at the Coca-Cola 600 will be an honor. There are no citizens more worthy of recognition than our nation’s military, and there is nothing more uniquely North Carolinian than NASCAR,” Speaker Tillis said. “America is blessed with the most exceptional military personnel in the world, and North Carolina boasts a motorsports industry that serves as an economic engine providing jobs and private sector capital for our state. It is also an honor to partner with a great corporate citizen like Coca-Cola, and I look forward to hosting fellow Speakers on Memorial Day at the Coca-Cola 600.” Coca-Cola is the Official Sparkling Beverage of NASCAR and the sponsor of the Coca-Cola 600. The Coca-Cola Racing Family includes top drivers Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Tony Stewart, as well as alumni drivers Kyle Petty, Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarrett and Ned Jarrett.
Frontstretch tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 start at just $49 with great views of pit road and the world’s largest high-definition television. To purchase tickets, fans can call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.