Chris Janson To Perform Pre-Race Concert At Ally 400

Chris Janson

Chris Janson is set to perform the pre-race concert at the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 20.

Janson, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, will display his high-octane, multi-instrumental talents while performing his No. 1 hits on a stage near the start-finish line between the morning Cup Series qualifying session at 10:05 a.m. and the afternoon “Ally 400” at 2:30 p.m.

“I’m super thrilled to be performing at the NASCAR Cup Series pre-race concert at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20th,” says Janson. “I’m pumped to have NASCAR back in Nashville for the first time in 10 years with a sold out crowd. I can’t think of a better combination than racing fans & country music fans. It will be a glorious day!”

Janson took home the award for ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified, inspiring hit song “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 Music Row Awards. His chart-topping, triple-Platinum smash “Buy Me A Boat” earned the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year. Janson’s No. 1 hits include multi-week chart topper “Done,” “Good Vibes,” “Fix a Drink,” and his current single, “Waitin’ On 5,” can be heard now on the airwaves.

“As Middle Tennessee’s home track for NASCAR Cup Series racing, we understand the importance of infusing the heart of Music City into our events,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “We’re thrilled that Chris Janson will bring his special brand of entertainment to our Father’s Day race weekend and are certain our fans from across the state and around the country will enjoy his show before America’s best drivers take the green flag for the Ally 400.”

Tickets are available for Nashville Superspeedway’s first two races on its Father’s Day weekend slate, including the “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 19 (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN) and the “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race under the lights on Friday, June 18 (7 p.m. CT, FS1).

This will be the first Cup Series race in Middle Tennessee in 37 years. Grandstand gates open at 9 a.m. on Father’s Day. The race can be watched on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. CT.

NASCAR Driver Jade Buford Featured On American Ninja Warrior

Jade Buford. Photo: Courtesy of NBC

Nascar Xfinity Series driver and Brentwood, Tennessee native Jade Buford was featured on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior on Monday night.

Buford drives the No. 48 Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Chevrolet Camaro for Big Machine Racing and Big Machine Music Group Founder and CEO Scott Borchetta. Buford, an avid climber and outdoor enthusiast, has now been on the competition three times. He previously tried his hand at the ANW courses during seasons 9 and 10.

“It was incredible getting my third opportunity to compete on American Ninja Warrior,” says Buford. “This year’s competition felt tougher than ever before, but the experience was amazing and I look forward to showing the world that race car drivers can go toe to toe with some of the best athletes in the world.”

The upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior will feature more than 400 competitors. A top prize of $1 million will go to the winner as they try to conquer all four stages at the National Finals in Las Vegas. To get there, competitors will need to make it through the qualifying rounds and semifinals.

Grand Ole Opry Adds Justin Moore, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery, Callista Clark To Grand Prix Show

The Grand Ole Opry adds Justin Moore, Riley Green  Danielle Bradbery, and Callista Clark to the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Opry show.

The show will close out the three day festival, where fans and attendees will get a chance to experience the true heart of Nashville, as the Opry has been home to country music for 95 years.

“When we first began to conceptualize the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix we knew music had to be just as big a part of this event as the racing itself, and there is no better partner for this than the Grand Ole Opry–the show that made country music famous,” says Matt Crews, CEO of Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “We are looking forward to closing out what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend in the best way possible with the Grand Ole Opry.”

The three-day international festival from August 6-8, 2021 will be staged on a temporary 2.17-mile grand prix circuit in Nashville and around the Nissan Stadium campus. The course will cross the Cumberland River via the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, making the Music City Grand Prix the only current event in motorsports to cross over a major body of water.

“The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has brought together a course like no other, an artist like no other and a show like no other to create an experience that could only take place here in Nashville,” says Scott Bailey, President of Opry Entertainment Group. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to connect artists and fans in such a unique setting.”

Tickets for Big Machine Music City Grand Prix can be purchased here.

Tickets For Ally 400 Nascar Race At Nashville Superspeedway Sold Out

The Ally 400 Nascar Spring Cup Series race on June 20 at the Nashville Superspeedway has sold out tickets. With the approval from local and state health officials, the racing events for the weekend will have no attendance restrictions throughout.

“This is an incredible milestone and shows all the progress we as a society and a sport have made against COVID-19,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “It also shows us how eager race fans in this area are to see the return of the NASCAR Cup Series.”

Nashville Superspeedway’s capacity crowd of 38,000 will experience Middle Tennessee’s first NASCAR Cup Series race in 37 years when America’s best drivers take the green flag for the Ally 400 at 2:30 p.m. CST on NBCSN. It is anticipated that the race will feature the first full-capacity sellout at a NASCAR track since the coronavirus pandemic struck last spring.

“We appreciate the confidence that local and state health officials have shown in us to host our fans in a responsible way,” says Moses. “The protocols and procedures we will have in place, along with the excitement surrounding the NASCAR Cup Series’ return to Nashville, will create the first of many sold out events at Nashville Superspeedway.”

Some planned COVID-19 safety measures on race weekend include:

  • Fans that are not fully vaccinated are highly encouraged to wear face masks throughout the property, including in the grandstands, except when eating or drinking in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures in high-traffic areas, including concession and restroom areas, and plentiful hand sanitizer stations.
  • Coolers will not be permitted in the grandstand, reducing the need to search them as part of the admission process.

Nashville Superspeedway continues to sell tickets for the first two races on its Father’s Day weekend slate, including the Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m. CST and the Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. CST.

Nashville Superspeedway Launches “NashCar Superstar” Competition

Nashville Superspeedway has announced the launch of its “NashCar Superstar” Sweepstakes, inviting local musicians to audition for a chance to sing the national anthem prior to the “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on June 18.

Those wishing to compete will need to upload a video of themselves singing the national anthem via NashcarSuperstar.com. Entry videos will go live on the NashCar Superstar website for the public to enjoy. To narrow down the top entries, videos will be vetted by the Nashville Superspeedway staff and the top three finalists will be determined by May 24. In keeping with most singing competitions, the fans will make the final vote on who they want to sing the national anthem.

“Nashville is a special place for many reasons, but ‘Music City’ is what really makes it magic. When we were looking for artists to perform our national anthem it became clear that the very best talent is right in our backyard, and sometimes it’s not the person at the top of the charts,” says Erik Moses, president of Nashville Superspeedway. “In this city some of the most amazing performances happen on smaller stages. We want those artists on our big stage for race weekend, and we can’t wait to see the talent that emerges from this contest.”

Individuals and groups are welcome to submit videos. All submissions must be 1:30 – 2 minutes long.

Tickets are available in the main grandstand for Nashville Superspeedway’s first two races on Father’s Day weekend–the “Tennessee Lottery 250” NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 19 and the “Rackley Roofing 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 18.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Paisley To Host Pre-Race Show On NBC Sports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Paisley. Photo: by Mark Kalbfeld

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Country star Brad Paisley will host a pre-race show on NBC Sports promoting NASCAR’s return to Nashville.

The show is set to air during NBC Sports’ coverage of the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30. Paisley and Earnhardt Jr. will launch NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2021 NASCAR season as hosts of pre-race coverage live from the Peacock Pit Box on pit road at Nashville Superspeedway.

“I’m thrilled to work with my friend Brad Paisley to welcome NASCAR back to one of my favorite cities,” says Earnhardt Jr. “I can’t wait to get on the Peacock Pit Box with Brad, celebrate the passionate racing fans in and around Nashville, and kick off NBC Sports’ portion of the NASCAR season in style.”

After a 37-year hiatus, NASCAR’s Cup Series will make its return to Nashville the weekend of June 19-20–also marking the opening weekend of NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2021 NASCAR season–when the Xfinity and Cup Series compete at Nashville Superspeedway on NBCSN.

“I’m so excited that NASCAR is returning to Nashville – after 37 long years!” says Paisley. “I get to kick off the 2021 NASCAR season by hosting the NBC Sports’ pre-race coverage with my buddy Dale Jr.–how cool is that going to be?”

NBC Sports’ national promotional campaign will feature Paisley and Earnhardt Jr. at one of Nashville’s most iconic landmarks The Grand Ole Opry House, as the duo welcomes NASCAR back to The Music City.

Jimmie Allen To Perform National Anthem At Indianapolis 500

Jimmie Allen. Photo: John Shearer

Country music star Jimmie Allen will perform the national anthem at the 105th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30.

Allen will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on NBC’s telecast of this year’s historic edition of the world’s most iconic race begins at 10 a.m. CST.

“We are excited to welcome Jimmie to the Racing Capital of the World for what will surely be a  memorable and emotional Memorial Day Weekend performance,” says IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “The National Anthem is a signature pre-race moment, and this year’s rendition carries extra meaning as we prepare to welcome fans back to the Indy 500 and honor our frontline heroes.”

Allen, the reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year, made history in 2018 as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio with “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To” both hitting the top of the charts. His most recent release, Bettie James, is named in honor of his late father and late grandmother, who were both great influences on his music career. The EP is a star-studded collaboration featuring Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw.

Craig Morgan To Perform National Anthem At NASCAR Dover Race

Craig Morgan. Photo: Nate Griffin.

Country singer and U.S. Army veteran Craig Morgan is set to perform the national anthem virtually prior to the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16.

The 2008 Grand Ole Opry Inductee has charted 25 songs on Billboard and is best known for his hits “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” and “International Harvester.” Prior to becoming a country recording artist and TV sensation, Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. He remains an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and has made 16 overseas trips to perform for our troops.

In addition to his performance, Morgan will talk with NASCAR driver and U.S. Navy veteran Jesse Iwuji before the race to honor United States Armed Forces heroes and their families through Military Appreciation Month.

Fans can catch Morgan’s performance prior to the race on Fox Sports 1 at 1 p.m. CST.