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Griffin Chosen to Honor Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day Weekend as Honorary Race Director at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600

May 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin announced today that he was chosen to represent Arkansas as the Honorary Race Director for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, on Sunday, May 26. As Honorary Race Director, Lt. Governor Griffin's duties will include greeting service members during the military appreciation ceremony before the race, meeting drivers and crew chiefs, and starting the race in the pace car. Griffin issued the following statement: 

"Arkansans have immense gratitude for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms, and we deeply respect the memory of our fallen and the loved ones they left behind. It is my honor to serve as Honorary Race Director for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend, represent Arkansas and, most importantly, pay tribute to veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice and so selflessly served our country."

NOTE: Griffin's Memorial Day events in Arkansas for Monday, May 27, will be announced in a separate media advisory. 

About the Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the largest Memorial Day commemorations, and pays tribute to our service members and their families, and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The race begins at 6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT on FOX. Click HERE for additional information.

About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was recently selected for promotion to colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.

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