One of the hottest names in country music, RCA Nashville recording artist Jake Owen, will headline the All-Star Backyard Experience presented by Pennington Seed and Kingsford Charcoal pre-race concert for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17.  

Known for his high-energy shows, fans are sure to get pumped up before the green flag waves on the Saturday night blockbuster at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 90-minute concert will take place in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the show is free for fans with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

"Fast cars, tailgating and good times with friends is what the days of gold are all about," shares Owen. "I'm excited to be a part of the speedway action and get the crowd revved up!"

Since releasing the chart-topping album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music's leading vocalists. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the double platinum title track and platinum "Alone with You," and gold-certified hits "The One That Got Away" and "Anywhere with You." Poised to follow the success is Owen's latest album "Days of Gold" featuring the hit title track and newly-released single "Beachin'." The Vero Beach, Fla., native first captured the national spotlight with his hits "Startin' with Me," "Don't Think I Can't Love You" and "Eight Second Ride." The 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Male Vocalist's revival of "Life in a Northern Town" with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him GRAMMY and Country Music Association Award nominations.  

Fans can purchase a special Golden Ticket upgrade for just $20 to secure a prime location with special early access to a reserved area directly in front of the stage. Approximately 2,000 Golden Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

For just $99, fans can get a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend ticket package with a frontstretch ticket to the race on Saturday, May 17, plus a ticket to the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The special also includes your choice of a race scanner, a ticket to the NASCAR Hall of Fame or a trackside tram tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tickets can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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