Auburn head football coach Harsin named Honorary Pace Car Driver for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 23, 2022) – Talladega Superspeedway announced today that Auburn University head football coach Bryan Harsin will be the honorary pace car driver for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race this Sunday, April 24. the location is set for a 2:00 p.m. CDT departure (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Harsin is entering his second year as Auburn’s football head coach after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Boise State where he compiled a 69-19 record while winning three championship titles. the Mountain West Conference. Harsin was named Auburn’s 28th head football coach on December 22, 2020.
A former Boise State quarterback, assistant coach and offensive coordinator, Harsin has an 82-31 overall record as a head coach — including a season at Arkansas State — and has steered his programs to bowl games every season. . His impressive resume in Boise saw him lead the Broncos to five 10-win seasons, seven straight bowl appearances and six MWC West Division championships. He led the program to a 5-2 mark and a trip to the MWC Championship Game in 2020.
In her first season, Harsin brought her alma mater back to where she achieved national prominence. Boise State went 12-2 in 2014, winning its first Mountain West championship and capping the campaign with a 38-30 win over Arizona in the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. type for the Broncos in the previous nine seasons. Harsin, as the offensive coordinator in the first two Fiesta Bowl wins, was part of each of the school’s three appearances in the game.
Boise State has won MW titles in three of six seasons. In 2017, the Broncos capped off the championship campaign with a 38-28 win over Oregon at the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos finished the year 11-3 overall and ranked 22nd in the Associated Press and Coaches polls.
The Broncos went 12-2 in 2019, posting the team’s first perfect 8-0 conference record since joining MW and earning the school’s fifth all-time appearance at the Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State concluded the season in the AP (#23) and Coaches (#22) poll rankings and was #19 in the final College Football Playoff Poll rankings, the third consecutive season ending in the top 25 of the PCP.
In 2014, Harsin was named a finalist for the Paul “Bear Bryant” National Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award, and the Dodd Trophy, awarded annually by the Foundation. Bobby Dodd for National Coach of the Year. He was also named the nation’s top freshman head coach by the Football Writers Association of America.
Harsin and his wife, Kes, have two daughters, Devyn Lynn and Dayn Mckena, and a son, Davis.
Talladega’s next triple weekend will feature the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race (2:00 p.m. CDT) on Sunday and will see NASCAR’s Next Gen car benched at 31 degrees for the first time. Customers with a GEICO 500 ticket for Sunday will also have access to the traditional Saturday night concert on the grounds featuring country music artist Riley Green. The concert will culminate in a day that will see a trio of on-track activities, including the General Tire 200 (12:00 p.m. CDT) for the ARCA Menards Series and the Ag-Pro 300 (3:00 p.m. CDT) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. KLĒNSKIN Pole Qualifying to determine the starting line-up for the GEICO 500 will also take place on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT.
To view all weekend admission opportunities, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Several options await fans, such as the fan-favorite 140,000 square foot Talladega Garage Experience, which includes close access to the garage’s observation decks, pre-race ceremonies and Victory Lane. Additionally, there are hospitality areas such as Fan Suites, Premium Box Seating, and the Busch Balcony, as well as incredible programming for kids.
Fans are encouraged to follow all the happenings at the biggest and baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks app.
About Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway is the most competitive race track in the NASCAR program (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), steepest (33 degrees) and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and more fan-friendly. Three- and four-wide races at 200 mph are a norm at Talladega Superspeedway, along with biting photo finishes. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.