In its third season on A&E, the reality show “Duck Dynasty” has vaulted to the top, bringing fame and fortune to the bearded, duck-hunting Robertson clan. The show’s third-season finale on April 24, 2013, attracted 9.6 million viewers—making it the highest rated telecast in A&E history.
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve seen the good food, the long beards, and the firm faith of the family who got their start manufacturing duck calls in a dilapidated Louisiana toolshed. At Duck Commander, the family-owned business started by Phil Robertson, the Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—crafted duck calls from cedar.Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty” and current CEO of Duck Commander, was invited to offer the opening prayer at Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina.
You know how the race turned out: On Lap 119, near Section C of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Ford Grandstand, one of three cables supporting an overhead, remote-control camera snapped mid-race, flying into the crowd and causing multiple crashes on the track. Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported.
Here is Willie Robertson’s prayer at the start of the Coca-Cola 600.