North Carolina State head football coach Dave Doeren is the honorary race official for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the accomplished coach said he expects his toughest decisions to remain on the gridiron and not the race track.
“I’ve been to a lot of cool events but this is my first visit to the speedway, so I’m pretty excited about it,” Doeren said in a press conference on Sunday. ”Hopefully they won’t ask me to make any decisions about the race, since I know next to nothing about the rules of racing. It was nice of Coca-Cola to allow us to come down. It’s amazing to see all of the technology that these guys have (in their cars) nowadays. It’s been a pretty incredible experience so far.”
Doeren’s success with the Wolfpack – which includes a 9-4 season last year and a final ranking of No. 23 in the nation – has given the sixth-year N.C. State head man plenty of momentum for football season. First, however, Doeren had to fulfill his responsibilities at the speedway, which included a trip to the driver’s meeting.
Doeren also met defending Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillon, who will drive the No. 3 Coca-Cola machine in tonight’s race.
“(Racing) wasn’t a part of my upbringing but since we’ve been in the Carolinas, it’s part of the culture here and we’re excited to have that opportunity to be here,” Doeren said.
Tickets, camping and upgrades for upcoming speedway events are available by visiting online. Race tickets are also available at the gates or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
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