Pre-race Entertainment features mix of Rock & Country

Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the pre-race concert at
Atlanta Motor Speedway before the Sept. 4 Sprint Cup race.
Whether you're a fan of rock or country music, the pre-race entertainment for several upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup races boasts a strong and diverse lineup. Headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd and 3 Doors Down, just to name a few of the big acts on tap.

Today, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced country singer Dierks Bentley will perform before the Sprint Cup All-Star Race. Race fans will recognize Bentley's song "Sideways" from Fox Sports' televised broadcasts of this year's Sprint Cup races.

The concerts are free to all race ticket holders; however, some tracks are offering special deals, passes or ticket packages that will allow fans to get more access.

Here's a rundown of the pre-race entertainment for six upcoming races:


Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will perform during the pre-race concert and will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented by Food City on Sunday, March 20.

Info: 423-BRISTOL (274-7865),

Auto Club Speedway

Good Charlotte will bring their alternative rock sound to the DiscoverIE FanZone Entertainment Stage prior to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 27. Tickets to the Auto Club 400 include the Good Charlotte live pre-race performance. Ticket packages are also available that include seeing the band live in concert at the House of Blues. The ticket packages expire March 18 or while supplies last.

Info: 800-944-RACE (7223),


Rock group 3 Doors Down will take to the stage before the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday, April 9. The concert begins at 6 p.m. ET on the frontstretch stage, leading up to the first-ever Saturday night Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Fans can get even closer by purchasing a special $79 “mosh pit” ticket. The ticket provides a stage-side view for the band’s performance, in addition to driver introductions. A “mosh pit” ticket must accompany a grandstand ticket for the Samsung Mobile 500.

Info: (817) 215-8500,

Dierks Bentley
Charlotte - All-Star Race

Dierks Bentley will bring his easygoing country sound to the All-Star Race on May 21. Presented by Budweiser, the Dierks Bentley All-Star Concert begins at 2:30 p.m. ET in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering a limited-time promotion: the next 3,000 fans to call the ticket office and purchase a frontstretch ticket to the All-Star Race can ask for the "Golden Ticket" package and receive a pass allowing early access to secure a prime location for the concert, along with a Wanted Poster featuring Bentley. Each fan that purchases the package will be automatically entered for a chance to meet the country music star on the day of the concert.

Info: 800-455-FANS (3267),


Country singer Jake Owen will perform before the Kansas 400 on June 5. “Pre-race concerts have been very popular amongst our fans, particularly with the addition of our Track Pass benefit, allowing season ticket holders an up-close look at these incredible performers,” said speedway President Patrick Warren on the track's website.

Info: 866-460-RACE (7223),


Classic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s frontstretch prior to the Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Sept. 4. A limited number of stagefront passes for Fast Cars & Guitars and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions are now available for $59 while supplies last. Those purchasing stagefront passes prior to March 16 at 5 p.m. will be entered to win a meet-and-greet with Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to the Sept. 4 NASCAR race and a signed guitar from the band.

Info: (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770)
Pre-race Entertainment features mix of Rock & Country Pre-race Entertainment features mix of Rock & Country Reviewed by Rebecca Kivak on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Rating: 5

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