DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 29, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track is excited to announce that actor Butch Patrick will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Mission Springfield Mile I & II presented by Drag Specialties at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, on September 3-4.
Among his extensive list of acting credits that spans more than six decades, Patrick is best known for his role as Eddie Munster in The Munsters, which aired for two seasons from 1964-1966. Despite its relatively brief initial run, The Munsters has since been widely syndicated and remains firmly locked in the public consciousness to this day. That special status is destined to be further elevated with the release of Rob Zombie’s film, The Munsters, which will be released on September 27.
“It’s really amazing,” Patrick said. “I did a lot of work in Hollywood, and I was on several other shows and series, but for some reason, this little two-year show from the mid-’60s in the black-and-white era was magic. It’s just got this extended family of fans who love it so much.”
Patrick is a life-long motorsports fan who called Geneseo, Illinois, his home at the time he was cast in The Munsters. He now owns replicas of the show’s iconic “Munster Koach” and “DRAG-U-LA” vehicles and will have the Munster Koach along with him and on display in the Fan Zone at this year’s Mission Springfield Mile doubleheader.
He said, “I’ve spent a lot of time in Illinois and was in Springfield last year for a big car show, but this will be my first time at the race. I’m really looking forward to it, and the Koach is coming with me. You know something, you could park that car anywhere and just sit back and wait for people to turn around and get their cameras out. It’s very identifiable and always puts a smile on everyone’s face.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the fans, and I can’t wait to get out to the Springfield Mile and witness some crazy good motorcycle racing.”
o reserve your tickets today. Infield Standing Room Only
tickets start at just $20 (kids 12 and under free with a paid adult ticket), and fans are offered a large variety of upgraded tickets to choose from, including General Admission – Bleachers
, Reserved Grandstand
, Premium Reserved Grandstand
, and Premier Reserved Grandstand
, along with an extremely limited number of remaining VIP Experience
Paddock Access Upgrades are also available for purchase, which provide all-day access to the pits where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport.
Gates will open for fans at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT on both days with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT ahead of Saturday’s and Sunday’s race programs. You can catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities on FansChoice.tv
provides free-to-view livestreaming of Practice and Qualifying. FansChoice.tv
cribers will then be able to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies through the Semis, Main Events, and podium celebrations. FansChoice.tv
fers two subscription options, granting unlimited access to premium AFT content. Monthly subscriptions start at just $7.99, while a six-month subscription is available for $44.99.
The Mission Springfield Mile I will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, September 11, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. The Mission Springfield Mile II will air one week later, on Sunday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. Both broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.
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