If you live near Ft. Worth, Texas, we hope to see you at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend! The NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be sponsored by Duck Commander (who you may recognize from the popular TV show Duck Dynasty). Willie Robertson is not only the CEO of Duck Commander, but he and his wife Korie are also adoptive parents. Their oldest child Rebecca became their foster daughter in 2004; they adopted Willie, Jr., as a baby; and this year they’ve announced that they are adopting a 12-year-old boy through foster care. Willie and Korie met their future son at last year’s Duck Commander 500 race when he was visiting with a group of foster youth. You can read their family’s story here.
What does adoption have to do with NASCAR?
An estimated 90,000 fans will be attending the races at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, and the Robertson family is excited to share information about adoption with everyone who stops by! They announced that, “our theme for the 2016 DC500 is Drive Adoption, and we plan to do just that. It is our hope and dream that this race will drive families to consider adoption, connect people with the organizations who can help and put a face to the beautiful children around the world in need of a family. Adoption is rarely easy, but it is always worth it. We hope to make it a little bit simpler by providing a platform for awareness, resources and education, with the ultimate goal of uniting children with forever families.”
National Council For Adoption and many other organizations will be exhibiting at the “Duck Commander Compound” outside of the racetrack. We hope you will stop by and learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent! Several of our member agencies and adoption attorneys in the Ft. Worth area will also be attending. James Buescher, a driver in the Camping World Truck Series and an adoptive dad, will also be exhibiting with his wife Kris.
When is it?
- Thursday, April 7: Noon-6pm
- Friday, April 8: 9am-7:30pm
- Saturday, April 9: 9am-6:30pm
Where is it?
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Cir.
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Follow the signs and parking attendants for free general parking.
If I want to visit your booth, do I have to attend the race?
No, you do not have to attend the race to come see us! The “Midway” area (where we will be located) is outside of the racetrack and open to the public. To avoid traffic, you may want to attend earlier in the week or at an earlier time during the day.
What if I want to attend the race?
Tickets to the Xfinity Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parks 300 on April 8th are available here. Tickets to the Sprint Cup Series’ Duck Commander 500 on April 9th are available here or a special “Drive Adoption” package is available here. Information on VIP Pit Passes or other activities at the racetrack can be found on the TMS website.
Are kids welcome to the racetrack?
Of course! NASCAR will have lots of pre-race activities for kids in the “Midway” area. If you’re going to the race, be sure to bring earplugs for the whole family (or you can rent headsets to listen to the drivers during the race).