Country music superstar Brad Paisley to perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX, with pre-race coverage beginning at Noon and the race starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Paisley, who has 18 No. 1 hits, three Grammy awards, 14 CMA Awards, 13 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, will perform three songs prior to the start of the 53rd annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the biggest stock car race in the world.

All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 will be able to view Paisley’s Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show as well as the driver introductions from the grass tri-oval area.

“It’s only fitting to have one of the biggest country music superstars perform prior to NASCAR’s most prestigious event,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re thrilled to welcome Brad Paisley. Race fans are going to experience an exhilarating show that will only add to the excitement and pageantry that surrounds the Daytona 500.”

Paisley’s innovative and entertaining H20 World Tour played to over 879,000 fans in 2010 and placed #1 country tour for attendance by Pollstar. Paisley’s next album, This Is Country Music will be in stores this spring.

Paisley joins a long list of star-studded names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show such as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey.

In addition to his Daytona 500 Pre-Race Concert, a special ticket package designed around Paisley has been created that includes a Daytona 500 ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Paisley’s performance. Packages start at $154.

For more information on tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 and Sprint FANZONE /Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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