NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note #2
Pre-Race Festivities There will be several celebrities on hand for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Emmy Award nominated actress Angie Harmon, currently starring on the TV series “Rizzoli & Isles,” will serve as the honorary pace car driver for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Harmon and her husband, former New York Giants defensive back Jason Sehorn, are avid NASCAR fans and even spent last Valentine’s Day at the races.
Country singer Brad Paisley will be at the speedway to debut the video for his newest single, “Old Alabama.” The video features NASCAR legends Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick and the country music band Alabama.
Pre-race festivities will also feature a concert by Capitol Records recording artist Dierks Bentley.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner and NFL Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs will offer the pre-race invocation. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will provide the flyover in four T-6 aircraft.
The Army Ground Forces Band Brass Brigade, a unique 11-piece progressive group, will perform “God Bless America” and the American national anthem. One lucky Sprint customer with the best “Gentlemen, start your engines!” command will serve as grand marshal for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
After the race, country singer Julie Roberts will keep the party going with a 30-minute concert, highlighted by the debut of her new song “NASCAR Party.” Fans will be allowed to cross the track for access to the concert.
Anybody’s Race Drivers and fans look forward to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race each year for one reason: anything can happen. With no points on the line and $1 million at stake, this year’s race will deliver the drama that only a no-holds-barred contest like the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race can deliver. And to say that anybody can win it would not be exaggerating.
There have been seven different winners in the last seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races. Only three current drivers have multiple wins (Jeff Gordon – 3, Mark Martin – 2, Jimmie Johnson – 2). Two rookies, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman, have won. Newman did it in fantastic fashion in 2002 by racing his way into the event, taking the lead when the fans voted to invert the field and then holding off Earnhardt Jr. for the win.