DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2009) – Daytona International Speedway will be in search of the top singing talent in Central Florida in the fifth annual “Straightaway To Stardom” talent competition.

Beginning Tuesday, May 12, “The World Center of Racing” will be accepting applications for the first 100 contestants to compete in the talent competition with the lucky winner performing the National Anthem before more than 100,000 race fans prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-mile race scheduled for Friday night, July 3 at 8 p.m. at DIS and televised on ESPN.

Contestants can enter “Straightaway To Stardom” online, via mail or stopping by Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction. Visit to enter and find out more information on contest rules and regulations. The first 100 contestants will be contacted by the Speedway prior to the first round.

“Since the inception of Straightaway To Stardom, we’ve have discovered a ton of singing talent in the area,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “We’re looking forward to this year’s competition and seeing who will win the chance of a lifetime –singing the National Anthem before a NASCAR event.”

In addition to singing at the NASCAR Nationwide Series event, the winner will also receive credentials for themselves and three guests for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, tickets for four to the Brumos Porsche 250 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 4.

Round One of the “Straightaway to Stardom” competition will take place Saturday, May 30 beginning at 2 p.m. at the ESPN Club at the Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort. Those competing will sing acapella up to one minute of a song of their choice. Celebrity judges will whittle the field of 100 down to 20. Round two takes place in the shadows of Daytona International Speedway at Daytona 500 Experience on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. as judges will cut the field to 10. Those competing in Round 2 will sing the National Anthem. Top 10 finalists will be invited to Gatorade Victory Lane for the final round to take place on Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m. All finalists must sing the National Anthem.  All rounds are open free to the public.

Tickets for all the events during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, including the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Brumos Porsche 250 on Saturday, July 4, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visit