Grammy-nominated country music superstar Dierks Bentley is set to perform a pre-race concert for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, May 21, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Dierks Bentley All-Star Concert presented by Budweiser begins at 2:30 p.m. in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Additionally, the next 3,000 fans to call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) and purchase a frontstretch ticket to the NASCAR Sprint 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.

“I’m really looking forward to kicking off the All-Star Race in Charlotte,” said Bentley. “It’s always great to watch a race in NASCAR’s hometown. I can’t wait to cheer my buddies on!”

The Phoenix native has won countless awards, headlined arena tours, sold more than five million albums and celebrated seven number one hits, including “What Was I Thinkin,” “Come A Little Closer,” “Settle For A Slowdown,” “Every Mile A Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire” and “Sideways,” since being signed to Capitol Records Nashville. Bentley is currently in Nashville, Tenn., working on material for his next album. Fans can expect the first single this spring.

The new album will follow in the footsteps of Bentley’s artistically daring and critically acclaimed “Up On The Ridge,” which recently received three Grammy nominations.

Bentley will headline a national tour, which kicks off next week and is set to wrap up in May, just a week before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Race fans may recognize Bentley’s number one hit song “Sideways,” which he re-recorded for Fox Sports’ televised broadcasts of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Frontstretch tickets with the best views of pit road and the world’s largest HD video board, coming to the speedway in May, start at just $49 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or two for just $99 to the to the Coca-Cola 600. Tickets can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.