During the pre-race show for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21, fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway will participate in a world record and watch country music star Brad Paisley’s premiere of his newest music video on the world’s largest high-definition TV, just moments after it debuts. Paisley will be at the speedway for the first public screening of the video for his newest single, “Old Alabama.” The video features NASCAR legends Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick and iconic super group Alabama.
The pre-race festivities will also feature a concert by Capitol Records recording artist Dierks Bentley and the unveiling of the largest HDTV in the world. Plus fans will “Light Up the Night” with Energizer and set the world record for shining the most flashlights in a sporting arena. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m.
An approximate timeline of Country Music Pre-Race events follows:
3:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Country music star Dierks Bentley performs a 70-minute pre-race concert in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. The Dierks Bentley All-Star Concert presented by Budweiser is free to all fans with a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In addition to his hits “What Was I Thinkin” and “Come a Little Closer,” Bentley will perform “Sideways,” which race fans will recognize as the theme song for NASCAR’s 2011 coverage on FOX.
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (approx.) The 2011 Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley, kicks-off the most interactive driver introductions of the season as the premiere of his video “Old Alabama” takes place just prior to the running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Paisley will make a special appearance in the infield to present the video, which was shot just down the road from Charlotte Motor Speedway, at the Hendrick Motorsports complex.
Fans have the opportunity to celebrate stage-side as not only the drivers, but the pit crews, are introduced as well during the high-energy driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Energizer and Charlotte Motor Speedway will team up to “Light Up the Night” by distributing more than 66,000 of Energizer 3 LED headlights and handheld flashlights to fans in attendance and will set a second world record of the night for having the most flashlights lit simultaneously.
Just after 9:00 p.m., the green flag drops on the no-holds-barred shootout for a $1 million payday, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The 100-lap slugfest is broken into four segments and the winner walks away with the cash. There are no points on the line, only bragging rights.