'Salute to the Troops' offers free drag boat race tickets to sailors and post 9/11 veterans

Sailors and post-9/11 soldiers will be honored at “Salute to the Troops.”
by Heather Warlick Modified: June 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: June 5, 2012

To honor Oklahoma's post-9/11 veterans, Chickasaw Nation and OKC Nationals sponsors will pay a “Salute to the Troops” with free admission to the Saturday events at the 2012 Ozarka-Riverwind OKC Nationals drag boat races. The Nationals will take place June 8-10 on the Oklahoma River.

“The Salute to the Troops' is something we wanted to do to welcome home our Oklahoma soldiers,” said Mike McAuliffe, president and CEO of OKC Motorsports, in a news release. OKC Motorsports produces the event.

“It is an honor to welcome home our local heroes as well as recognize those Oklahomans who gave their lives for their country.”

The Ozarka-Riverwind OKC Nationals also hosts OKC Navy Week each year, by recognizing the presence of the U.S. Navy in Oklahoma, including the 1,400 sailors stationed at the Navy Wing at Tinker AFB. Sailors are invited each year to attend the races as the guests of the organizers and sponsors.

Sizable contest

The Oklahoma City race is one of the largest drag boat races in the nation, attracting more than 100 race teams.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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