Popular country music star Dierks Bentley, whose recent album Long Trip Alone debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart, will perform before thousands of fans both before and after the 29th annual Budweiser Shootout at historic Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Feb. 10.
Bentley's hit single "Every Mile A Memory" from the album Long Trip Alone reached No. 1 on the Billboard country singles charts and recently garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.
"We're excited to be able to bring top-name talent to perform for our fans at the "World Center of Racing," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "We look forward to Dierks Bentley's performance as well as the electric racing that comes with the Budweiser Shootout."
The Budweiser Shootout, a 70-lap, 175-mile race, is an invitation-only, no-holds barred All-Star race that kicks off the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. The field for the non-points race features the previous season's pole winners and past Budweiser Shootout champions.
Drivers that have won pole positions during the 2006 season and qualified for 2007 Budweiser Shootout are three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon, 2006 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, 2006 Budweiser Shootout champion Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers, rookie driver David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler, Scott Riggs, Ryan Newman and Boris Said.
Past Budweiser Shootout champions eligible for the 2007 event are Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and Bill Elliott.
Speedweeks 2007 kicks off with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28. Also on tap for the three-week festival of speed are the Budweiser Shootout (Feb. 10), Budweiser Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 11), the Gatorade Duel (Feb. 15), the Chevy Silverado HD 250 Craftsman Truck Series race (Feb. 16), the Orbitz 300 Busch Series race (Feb. 17) and the 49th annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 18).
Tickets to all exciting events at Daytona International Speedway are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.