SPARTA, Ky. (January 2004) Kentucky Speedway and entertainment partner WUBE-FM, Cincinnatis B-105, announce that country music artists Sherrie Austin, Tracy Byrd, Emerson Drive, Blake Shelton and Blue County will perform pre-race concerts at Kentucky Speedway during the 2004 season.
"Weve partnered with B-105 through the past several seasons to ensure we deliver the best in country entertainment for our pre-race concerts. That partnership is paying big dividends once again, Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said.
Austin will perform on Saturday, May 8; Byrd on Saturday, June 19, Emerson Drive on Saturday, July 10; Shelton on Sunday, Aug. 15; and Blue County on Saturday, Sept. 18. All concerts are included with the purchase of a race ticket.
Were excited to team with Kentucky Speedway to bring fans another great country music line-up, B-105 Program Director Tim Closson said. Racing, country music, B-105 and Kentucky Speedway just go hand-in-hand.
Austin will take the B-105 Country Soundstage prior to the ARCA RE/MAX Series Channel 5-205 race. The Australian-born singer released her Broken Bow/C4 Records debut titled Streets of Heaven in August of 2003 and scored a top-20 hit with the title single. Austin earned an Academy of Country Music (ACM) nomination for the Top New Female Vocalist Award in 1999 for her No. 1 single Never Been Kissed from the album Love in the Real World.
Byrd, a 12-year industry veteran, will entertain speedway fans before the green flag drops for The Meijer 300 NASCAR Busch Series event. Byrds efforts on his 2003 The Truth About Men album produced a No. 1 title single and the popular follow-up hit Drinkin Bone. The popular vocalist released his first album in 1993 and has endeared himself to country listeners with hits such as Good Way To Get On My Bad Side, Holdin Heaven, Im From The Country Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich and Famous, The Keeper Of The Stars, Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo, and Watermelon Crawl.
Canadian sextet Emerson Drive will be featured along with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers. The group gained popularity while extensively touring its home country and transformed that success into a self-titled U.S. release that featured the No. 3 Billboard single Fall Into Me along with follow-up hits I Should Be Sleeping, Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You) and How Lucky I Am.
Country Music Academy (CMA) 2003 Horizon Award nominee Blake Shelton will set the stage for The Belterra Casino Indy 300. His newest album, The Dreamer, features the second No. 1 single of his career titled The Baby. His self-titled 2001 collection featured the No. 1 single Austin and the follow-up hit Ol Red.
Emerson Drive and Shelton took part in the 2003 Country Stampede.
The speedway will feature Blue County on V-TAPS Triple Header Fall Classic weekend. One of country musics hottest up-and-coming duos, Blue County combines the Midwestern influence of Aaron Benward with the Southern background of Scott Reeves.
Kentucky Speedway season tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at www. kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at (859) 578-2300. Single-event ticket sales begin Monday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m.
Single-event tickets are available online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-652-RACE.
Tickets also are available through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and the speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and in Sparta, Ky., in the Turn 3 Fan Center.