Pat Summitt won’t be a head basketball coach for the first time in 38 years this season, but she enjoyed a special home game Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

With Knoxville native Trevor Bayne on the pole position in an orange Ford bearing a “We Back Pat” slogan, Summitt delivered the command to start engines as the grand marshal of the Food City 250.

Asked if she was expecting cheers from Bristol’s 160,000-seat grandstands that would surpass a Tennessee women’s basketball home game, she said, “They better!” with a laugh.