Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill named Grand Marshal of Pure Michigan 400

Posted at 9:36 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 11:28:35-04

Just a couple of months after Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was the Grand Marshal for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, another Red Wings member has been named a grand marshal.

Head coach Jeff Blashill will be the Grand Marshal of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speeway on Aug. 28.

"It's an honor to serve as grand marshal of the Pure Michigan 400," Blashill said in a release. "I was born and aised in Michigan and have had the opportunity to spend most of my coaching career here, so I know how passionate the fans are for all sports. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to meet the drivers, take part in the pre-race activities and soak in the atmosphere on race day.”

He joins Chris Osgood, Niklas Kronwall and Jimmy Howard who have all previously held prominent roles for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS.

His duties include giving the "start your engines!" command at the start of the race.

Tickets are still available for race weekend from Aug. 26-28. You can find more information at