Picture: Ashton Shepherd. Photo credit: Danny Clinch.
Talladega, Alabama is the place to be this weekend for the prestigious Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The race will broadcast nationally on FOX with Country Music star Ashton Shepherd kicking off the action performing the national anthem.
Shepherd is currently burning up the charts with her single Look It Up off of her sophomore album Where Country Grows.
It’s a fitting pairing, Country Music and NASCAR have been closely aligned for decades.
NASCAR on FOX
Pictured: Bo Bice. Photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.
Bo Bice loves him some NASCAR…so much that he is performing the National Anthem at today’s festivities at the Sprint Cup Series Race at Watkins Glen International.
“NASCAR is my favorite sport – and one of the most fun and exciting competitions on the planet,” says Bice. “More than anything, I love to come back to these events to see my friends and hang with ‘my people’. Also, I want to pay tribute to our great nation and those who have fought to give us the freedoms to enjoy events like this.”
Bice will also perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Tennessee Titans opening season game Monday, August 23rd at Nashville’s LP Stadium.
The American Idol season four runner up is currently touring with several more dates rolling out over the next few months promoting his new single You Take Yourself With You and his third album Bo Bice 3.
8-15 Orchard Beach, ME – Seaside Pavilion
8-21 Winchester, TN – Winchester City Park
9-02 Chattanooga, TN – Miller Plaza/Downtown
9-16 Paramus, NJ – Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre
9-17 Fayetteville, NC – Jester’s Pub
9-18 Ashland, KY- Poage Landing Days Festival
9-19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den
10-8 Palm Springs, CA – Riviera Spa & Resort
10-15 South Bend, IN – Century Center
This just in from ESPN:
TOM CRUISE TO APPEAR ON ‘NASCAR NOW’
The Friday, Feb. 6, edition of ESPN2’s NASCAR Now will include an original interview with actor Tom Cruise at 5 p.m. ET. Cruise discusses his interest in NASCAR and how he drove a race car at Daytona while filming the 1990 movie Days of Thunder. The movie featured a young Cruise playing the role of Cole Trickle — a hotshot rookie driver looking for success in NASCAR’s premiere division. From the big screen to real life, Cruise has had a lifelong passion for racing. The NASCAR season begins this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Excerpts:
Cruise on NASCAR racing:
“You know it’s just…it’s just America. It’s something about driving in a car. For me as a kid growing up, I always wanted to race cars. I came up with the idea to make this movie about NASCAR, it’s just a piece of America and these icons who were there in the beginning and created this sport, you just see our history through time, our love affair with the automobile. It’s a very unique kind of racing that feels very American. Rubbin’s racin’, you know.”
Cruise on filming at Daytona:
“My personal Daytona memory is getting up close to 200 mph, personally driving on that track in the car. Having that opportunity to drive those cars on the track, meet those drivers that I got to meet. Making movies, I love it because I get to enter into a world and you meet these people, and the generosity that I’ve been extended by these people — whether it’s NASCAR or Jerry McGuire — it’s a great life because I’m interested in life and in engaging in life, and to have those experiences I feel very privileged.”