Dierks Bentley to Headline the Pre-Race Show at Daytona 500
Dierks Bentley was announced as a performer at this year’s Daytona 500 race on Sunday, February 19. The ‘Gold’ star will take to the stage just before the race kicks off – now in its 65th run.
“I’m ready to go back to Daytona with all of NASCAR’s biggest fans,” says Bentley, who previously played in the Daytona 500 in 2011. He also played Speedweeks in 2009, as well as the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race of 2021 at Phoenix Race Track.
“The energy there is unmatched and I know we will have a lot of fun getting them ready for the race,” adds the singer.
According to the Daytona International Speedway website, Bentley’s performance will be the culmination of a variety of pre-race events, beginning Feb. 15 with Daytona 500 qualifying presented by Busch Light. More preliminary races will take place that week, and the festivities will also include the return of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on February 17.
Bentley will perform on pit road and fans will be able to watch his concert from the stands, but UNOH Fanzone Pass holders will be able to see his set-up up close. There is also a special VIP add-on available for racing fans who want to watch the concert right off the stage. Daytona 500 tickets and passes are on sale now.
February is shaping up to be a big month for Bentley, which will release Gravel & Gold – its 10th studio album – on February 24. When announcing the project, the singer revealed that the new music had been in the works for a long time: He quit his job and started over not once, but twice in the process, determined to make his 10th record the best possible. Ashley McBryde and Billy Strings have been announced as guest vocalists on the project.
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