When the Atlantis space shuttle landed on Thursday marking the end of America's current spaceflight era, it carried with it a flag from, of all places, Texas Motor Speedway.
Turns out Atlantis STS-135 pilot Doug Hurley is a Texas season ticketholder, and track president Eddie Gossage, never one to miss a promotional opportunity, helped orchestrate the flag flight. In all, the 4x6-foot flag traveled 5.3 million miles over the course of 200 complete orbits of the planet. Hurley also invited Gossage and TMS VP Mike Zizzo to the July 8 launch of the 135th and final flight of the space shuttles.
The flag will be formally presented to the track at a later date; we're guessing the Chase race. Just make sure that it doesn't have any space viruses on it. Zombie Texas race fans would be one hell of a PR problem for NASCAR.