Country music star Brantley Gilbert will perform a pre-race concert in Chicagoland Speedway’s infield prior to the GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. While all fans with a Sunday race ticket will be able to enjoy the concert from the grandstands, Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experiencepass holders will be able to walk down to the infield to enjoy No. 1 hits such as “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
“Growing up around racing has given me a unique appreciation for what it means to be involved with the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” said Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records. “Anytime we have an opportunity to bring someone as talented as Brantley Gilbert, to a race of this magnitude to play in front of such an incredible group of fans that NASCAR has, we’re thrilled to do so, and I know Brantley will put on an amazing show.”
Gilbert released his sophomore album, Halfway to Heaven, in March of 2010, the follow-up to his debut national release, A Modern Day Prodigal Son. The sophomore effort peaked at #2 on iTunes Country Album Charts, and at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart for all genres. In February of 2011, Gilbert signed with Big Machine Label Group’s imprint The Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert’s first single on The Valory Music Co. debuted in the Top 40 at Country radio on its official impact date – an impressive feat by a new artist. Gilbert is currently in the studio working to finish his third album.
Though season ticket holders receive complimentary Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience passes, they will also be available for purchase to non-season ticket holders. For $50, fans can purchase the pass for Sunday’s GEICO 400 that will put them close to the stage as Brantley performs.
“As one of our sport’s most anticipated events, the kick-off to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup deserves one of music’s most exciting acts, and Brantley Gilbert certainly fits that mold,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway president. “We have a history of top-talent performing here and by continuing to provide our fans with first-class entertainment, along with the GEICO 400, a playoff caliber race that has paved the way for back-to-back Champions, we are confident that our guests will have the experience of a lifetime this September.”
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