Country music star and double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Josh Turner will perform a pre-race concert before the green flag waves on the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, replacing Billy Currington, who was originally scheduled to perform.

Turner will bring his baritone voice and soulful gospel-bluegrass repertoire to the heart of NASCAR country for an energetic 90-minute concert that will have fans on their feet and singing along to some of country music’s most recognizable hits.

Fans will fill the infield between Turns 1 and 2 to hear their favorite songs from the country crooner before drivers take to the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway for a fast and furious dash for cash with up to $2 million on the line. Among other hits, the Hannah, S.C.-native will get the party started with chart-toppers like “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”

“Due to Currington’s recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.  “Josh Turner is a native of the Carolinas with six No. 1 hits to his credit, and we know he’ll put on a fantastic show for our fans and sponsors on race weekend.” 

Turner, an MCA Nashville recording artist, burst onto the country scene in 2003 with his debut album “Long Black Train,” and has released four celebrated albums since, including his latest, “Punching Bag,” which featured Billboard Year-End’s biggest hit of 2012, “Time is Love.” Inducted in 2007, Turner is one of the youngest members of the famed Grand Ole Opry. He now resides in Nashville with his wife and three sons.

At the Greatest Place to See the Race, fans can enjoy the foot-stomping concert, the most unique driver introductions in all of motorsports and the action-packed NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race all for the price of a single race ticket.

For just $99, fans can get a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend pass, which includes a frontstretch ticket to both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as a free scanner rental. 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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