Kentucky Guardsmen provide security at inaugural NASCAR race

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs Office

Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. Thomas Knight, Alpha Company 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, stand guard in front of the fuel point at the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cub series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., July 9.

SPARTA, Ky. – It wasn’t just fast cars and big crowds at the Kentucky Speedway last weekend.  Members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1204th Aviation Support Battalion also made a big showing at the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series race.

More than 40 Soldiers from the 1204th ASB were on duty during the three day event, tasked with perimeter track security and guarding the official NASCAR fuel tanker.

“It’s just another security mission for me,” said Sgt. Thomas Knight, Alpha Company 1204thASB. “But the great thing about this mission is interacting with all the NASCAR fans who appreciate the military.”

Kentucky Army National Guard Pfc. Rob Houston and Pfc. Joseph Moorman, Alpha Company 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, patrol the crowd at the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., July 9.

It’s not unusual for the Kentucky National Guard to support sporting attractions across the Commonwealth.   This year NASCAR can be added to the mission support list.

“Doesn’t get any better than this,” said Pvt. 1st Class Rob Houston, also a member of Alpha Company. “Being out with people and watching them enjoy their favorite past time sport”

And as Kyle Busch raises up the winning trophy, the Kentucky Guardsmen of the 1204th can now say another successful mission completed.

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