Coca-Cola 600 is under a rain delay. The rain is falling again over the speedway.
A wonderful pre-race show, from different divisions of the United States Armed Forces, included parachutes, buildings blowing up, and the official pace car being delivered by a helicoptor.
Past Coca-Cola 600 winners were on hand for pre-race activities. Drivers included Richard Petty, Bobby and Donnie Allison, the widow's of Benny Parsons and Davey Allison.
A football field sized flag was unfurled for the playing of the National Anthem.
The first picture in this show tells all about the weather.
All pictures are copyright David Yeazell
Covered up and resting comfortably, race cars wait in the garage for the big event.
Miss "M" waves at the crowd from the side of Kyle Busch's car.
Scott Riggs has a new sponsor on his car for this race. Things were not going well though, his car failed pre-race inspection because the wheel base in the rear was too long. The car was fixed and sent back through inspection.
Pearing through wheel owned by Robby Gordon, we see his crew members watch as his car is weighed and put through final inspection.
Pizza pies are used as wheel covers for racing tires. After replacing the tires during a pit stop, the crew then eats the pizza for protein.
Tony Stewart's war wagon sits ready and waiting for the race to begin. It is rumored that these rolling pit boxes cost as much as $100,000 dollars. From just looking at this one, you can see a built in big screen TV, video recording and play back capabilities, and it has disc brakes on the wheels.
A view of the garage area from behind the iron fence on pit road. This is what most fans see on race day, unless your one of the lucky ones to have a garage pass.
Bobby Allison, this year's grand marshal, addresses the media before pre-race activities.
An Army Humvee drives along pit road in pre-race ceremonies.
A twin rotor military troop, and/or cargo transport, similar to what we know as Marine One, delivers the official Pace Car, and then takes flight inside the speedway.
Over 250 military personnel stand shoulder to shoulder between the stands and the stage for driver introductions, creating a human fence.
Proud faces of our military.
Another proud member of our military.
Saluting their fallen comrades as a lone buggler played taps.
A tandem parachute jump by the US Army Black Daggers.
A perfect landing inside the speedway by the parachute group from the US Army Black Daggers.
Alan Gustafson talks with someone from Hendrick Motorsports during pre-race activities.
A view from the front side of Alan Guftason.
Joe Nemecheck, his wife and son, pose for a pre-race picture.
Jaime McMurray said: "hey, take my picture," so I did.
Carl Edwards gestures towards the darkend skies, and then the rain came.