Larry Michael, "Voice of the Washington Redskins," Named Grand Marshal of Virginia529 College Savings 250

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The Voice of the Washington Redskins will give the command at the September 6, Virginia529 College Savings 250


Ten-time Emmy Award winner Larry Michael, who is familiar with play-by-play at NFL stadiums, will make a different – but very important – call on Friday, September 6, at Richmond International Raceway. The “Voice of the Washington Redskins” will serve as Grand Marshal for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, voicing the most famous words in motorsports: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

The Virginia529 College Savings 250 kicks off the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” weekend at Richmond International Raceway, and features a night of old-school, short track action “under the lights” on Friday, September 6. Some of your favorite NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers, including Virginia native Elliott Sadler, will mix it up with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running double-duty on the ¾-mile oval.

“I’m a big, big NASCAR fan,” said Michael. “To be asked to be the Grand Marshal is something special for me and I’m really looking forward to it. The Virginia529 is a program that I’ve participated in with my children, in fact. I’ve had one who has gotten through college at George Mason University and I have two more in college now. It’s the largest such college plan in the entire country. If you have kids that are headed to college, what better way to get your money ready for college, than to put in the Virginia529?”

“We’re very pleased to have Larry Michael serve as the Grand Marshal of the Virginia529 College Savings 250,” said Mary Morris, CEO of the Virginia529 College Savings Plan.  “Larry has long been an advocate for education, with multiple Virginia529 college savings accounts to help him and his children reach their higher education goals.”

Michael, the Senior Vice President/Executive Producer of Media for the Washington Redskins, also hosts Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet, as well as the Mike Shanahan Coaches Show on NBC-4. His responsibilities include production of all video content for TV, as well as production of all Redskins Broadcast Network television shows and broadcasts.

Tickets are on sale now for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, September 6. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Friday’s ticket includes practice and Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

The weekend concludes on Saturday, September 7, with the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, which is “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Drama will fill RIR, as only the top 10 drivers in the point standings and two “Wild Card” drivers will earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. This is one of the most anticipated events of the season and one you’ve got to see! Advance tickets, including seats in Turns 1 & 4, start at $45. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.

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