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‘Citizen Soldier’ film sponsoring Oct. 2 Sprint Cup race at Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400

DOVER, DE - OCTOBER 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 4, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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Dover International Speedway has announced that its Oct. 2 Sprint Cup race, the third race in the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, will be sponsored by the documentary “Citizen Soldier.”

“Citizen Soldier” is a movie about the 2011 deployment of the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, aka the “Thunderbirds,” to Afghanistan. The film features footage from the unit’s 96-day deployment, during which it lost 14 members. The deployment was the largest mobilization for an Oklahoma unit since the Korean War.

“The Monster Mile has deep connections to the men and women who selflessly serve in our military and who provide the freedom we all enjoy, particularly with our close proximity to Dover Air Force Base and the Delaware National Guard,” Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “Our partnership with Strong Eagle Media and its film ‘Citizen Soldier’ further strengthens that connection, and serves as another way for the remarkable stories and sacrifices of all of our National Guard and military members to be told.”

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“Citizen Soldier” will be available nationwide on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as all major cable/satellite On Demand and internet VOD providers, on Aug. 30. You can watch a trailer for the film here.

The “Citizen Soldier” 400 will air on NBCSN and is the first elimination race of the Chase. Four of the 16 drivers who start as part of the Chase will be eliminated.

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