NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note # 7
Singers Intro All-Star Race - During pre-race activities before tonight's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race, Verve Records recording artist Kenny Lattimore will sing "God Bless America," and Mercury Records artist Jessie James will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Both visited with the media in the Time Warner Media Center this afternoon.
"This is amazing. This is probably the grandest thing I have seen," said Lattimore. "This is the first time I have been to NASCAR. I ‘m just honored to be here. I'm just in awe of the track and how professional everyone is."
James sang at a Nationwide Series race earlier in the season. "This is a big deal for me," said James. "This is the biggest event I have ever sung the National Anthem at, even though I've been singing it since I was nine years old. Everything is so professional. I love how traditional it is. I'm really happy to be here."
A Big Day for Allison - Bobby Allison, a native of Hialeah, Fla., who now lives in the Mooresville, N. C., area, will be the grand marshal for the 50th Coca-Cola 600 on May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Prior to that tribute, Concord, N.C., Mayor Scott Padgett will declare Bobby Allison Day on May 23, with activities scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the city's Union Street. Other activities also are planned, along with an autograph session. The public is invited to the ceremonies, free of charge.
Darnell Recovering - Denny Darnell, the veteran Dodge publicist from Kingsport, Tenn., who has worked at Bristol [Tenn.] Motor Speedway, for NHRA and R.J. Reynolds Sports Marketing in the past, underwent heart bypass surgery May 15. Five bypasses were performed, and it was late in the afternoon before the procedures were complete. Originally, it was to have been triple-bypass surgery, but other complications were discovered. Send well-wishes to Denny Darnell, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Holston Valley Medical Center, Room 24A, 210 West Ravine Rd., Kingsport, TN 37660 or to Darnell's home, 1147 Creek Rd., Kingsport, Tenn. 37664.