DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Melisa TenBroeck, a 23-year-old Cosmetologist and graduate of Mainland High School and Daytona State College, won the fifth annual Straightaway To Stardom singing competition on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
TenBroeck, in her third attempt competing in the Straightaway To Stardom contest, bested nine other finalists with her performance of the National Anthem and will sing the National Anthem for the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m.
“This is awesome,” said TenBroeck, who has been singing since she was 8 years old. “I’m speechless. It’s been a dream. It’s really neat because this is my hometown. I’m born and raised here. I’m honored to be selected out of so many that were in the contest.”
In addition to singing at the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race, TenBroeck will also receive credentials for herself and three guests for the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, tickets for four to the Brumos Porsche 250/Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola doubleheader on Saturday, July 4.
“Excited,” TenBroeck said about what her emotions will be on race night. “Words can’t even describe what I’m going to feel.”
Round One of the Straightaway To Stardom competition took place at the ESPN Club at the Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort at Lake Buena Vista. The field was narrowed down to 20 finalists for the second round, which took place last weekend at The Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction.
The top 10 finalists on Saturday sang the National Anthem in the Daytona 500 Club just outside of Gatorade Victory Lane.
Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 start at $40. Tickets are available on your web-enabled phone at mobile.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.