NASCAR’s New “Next Gen” Car to Be Featured in The Great American Race, Season Opener of the NASCAR Cup Series and Highlight of Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (February 152022) – Multi-platinum award-winning country music icon and star of the upcoming FOX MONARCH series, Trace Adkins will perform the national anthem before the start of The Great American Race – on 64and DAYTONA 500 race on Sunday, February 20 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Adkins will perform his rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner in front of a packed house for the DAYTONA 500, which is a sell-out. The NASCAR Cup Series season opener, which will feature NASCAR’s anticipated “Next Gen” car, kicks off at 2:30 p.m. (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Over his 25-year country music career, Adkins has sold over 11 MILLION albums, charted over 20 singles, won numerous awards, multiple GRAMMY nominations, and amassed over TWO BILLION streams. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly two decades, the Louisiana native is known for his dynamic baritone and spirited and always memorable live performances, and has expanded his country career to include film and television.
It broke out in 1996 with the first album, DREAM HIGH SAILbeing part of the Top 5 of Billboard’The Hot Country Songs chart with ‘Every Light In the House Is On’ and followed by the No. 1 hit, ‘This Ain’t (No Thinkin’ Thing)’. Since then, Adkins has pioneered a blend of classic country traditionalism and adventurous, good-humored showmanship, blazing new avenues in modern country through fun hits like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Hillbilly Bone (with Blake Shelton).
Adkins celebrates the 25th anniversary of his debut with 2021 THE WAY I WANT TO GO (Verge Records), a critically acclaimed 25-song album featuring rolling stone praising as “light club-ready pleasure…”, PEOPLE noting that it is “filled to the brim with hits”, and Billboard applauding “a creative tour de force in the service of lyrical and stylistic diversity that would make its hero Milsap proud”. Blending pure country reverence with standout collaborations with Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder on harmonica and more, the LP features Adkins’ latest single “Where The Country Girls At” (featuring Luke Bryan and Pitbull). Launching his title THE WAY I WANNA GO TOUR this spring, Adkins will also host season 3 of Ultimate cowboy showdown premiering in April on INSP plus star in new FOX drama series, MONARCHpremiering in the fall.
While the DAYTONA 500 is sold out, there are still plenty of exciting ways to experience the Speedweeks pageantry presented by AdventHeath with an exciting lineup of super competitive races. For more ticket information, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
- Tuesday, Feb. 15: DAYTONA 500 workouts (5:05 p.m./6:35 p.m. ET).
- Wednesday, February 16: DAYTONA 500 Qualifying presented by Busch Light (8:05 p.m. ET).
- Thursday, Feb. 17: Bluegreen Vacations Duel at DAYTONA Qualifying Races (7:00 p.m. ET); NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice (4:35 p.m. ET) and ARCA Menards Series practice (5:30 p.m. ET).
- Friday, Feb. 18: NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race (7:30 p.m. ET); ARCA Menards (1:30 p.m. ET) and Camping World Truck Series qualifying (3:00 p.m. ET); NASCAR Cup Series practice (6:00 p.m. ET).
- Saturday, Feb. 19: Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire ARCA Menards (1:30 p.m. ET) and Beef race. That’s what’s for dinner. 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Event (5:00 p.m. ET); NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice (10:30 a.m. ET); NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying (11:35 a.m. ET).
- Sunday, February 20: DAYTONA 500, The Great American Race (2:30 p.m. ET).
** Schedule subject to change
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About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles. The iconic venue will be the site of a host of motorsports events in early 2022, starting with the AHRMA Classic Motofest and Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64th DAYTONA 500, which will launch the first race at NASCAR’s “Next Gen” points. car as part of Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth in February. The rich tradition of the 81st Annual DAYTONA Bike Week returns in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, and in May with the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, during Independence Day weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, will host Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27.