The NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 on Friday, Oct. 16, will start with a memorable performance of the national anthem by country music star Trace Adkins. Adkins will perform live on the pre-race stage before the engines start roaring at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Trace Adkins has achieved unprecedented success as a performer, musician, author and actor. Since selling his multi-platinum debut album more than a decade ago, he has clearly earned his place among the most identifiable and important artists of his generation. An esteemed member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2003, Trace has built a solid career and a strong fan base by recording songs that possess insightful lyrics and cover a wide range of interests - many from his own life experiences.

He consistently sells out concerts, performing more than one hundred shows each year, performing to millions of fans worldwide. Twenty-seven of his singles have hit the Billboard country charts, with 14 of them breaking into the Top 10. His albums have achieved gold or multi-platinum status including three, which made their entry at No. 1 on the Country Album Charts. For more information, visit

Dollar General is also offering Charlotte-area race fans the opportunity to get free tickets to the Dollar General 300. With a receipt from select North Carolina and South Carolina Dollar General stores dated Sept. 1 through Oct. 10, 2009, customers who purchase two tickets to the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America, which are available at a special price of $40 each, will receive two free tickets to the Dollar General 300.

Through this promotion, fans will save more than $100 by purchasing a pair of tickets to both events and see 800 miles of exciting racing. For more information about the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 ticket promotion, visit or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket hotline at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).