Michael Ray
Central Florida native and country music singer-songwriter Michael Ray to perform pre-race concert for the 61st Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Warner Music Nashville recording artist Michael Ray, who was born in nearby Eustis, is coming home to Daytona International Speedway for the Independence Day holiday weekend to entertain NASCAR fans with a pre-race concert on Saturday, July 6 prior to the 61st annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event.


Ray broke onto the national scene in 2012 as the winner of the CW network’s reality television vocal competition “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.” In 2015, he released his self-titled debut album, which generated No. 1 hits “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think A Little Less,” and made his Grand Ole Opry debut. His follow-up album “Amos” was released in 2018 and featured hits such as “One That Got Away,” “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine.” Earlier this year, Ray received his first ACM nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year.


“Our annual July 4th holiday celebration just got even bigger with the addition of a pre-race concert by Michael Ray – one of the rising stars of country music and a Central Florida guy to boot,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “We’re proud to welcome him back home. It’s going to be a great concert and a perfect complement to the always-thrilling Coke Zero Sugar 400.”


A limited quantity of VIP ticket packages are available, providing fans with special access to Ray’s pre-race concert that will be staged along pit road as well as a special question and answer session. VIP Pit packages start at $139 and include:

  • A reserved ticket for the Coke Zero Sugar 400
  • Question and answer session with Ray in a Midway suite
  • Pre-Race/UNOH Fanzone access
  • Admission to the VIP viewing area in front of the stage for the pre-race concert

Fans who have already purchased Coke Zero Sugar 400 tickets can upgrade their experience to the VIP Pit package for $85.


Tickets for the Coke Zero Sugar 400, Friday night’s Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race and all Daytona International Speedway event can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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