Michigan Int'l Speedway pre-event news 2007-08-09

FAMOUS BLUES MUSICIAN JIMMIE VAUGHAN TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT 3M PERFORMANCE 400 BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 9, 2007) -- Stepping away from the traditional singing of the national anthem, contemporary blues musician Jimmie Vaughan will perform...

FAMOUS BLUES MUSICIAN JIMMIE VAUGHAN TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT 3M PERFORMANCE 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 9, 2007) -- Stepping away from the traditional singing of the national anthem, contemporary blues musician Jimmie Vaughan will perform a guitar rendition of the patriotic tune during pre-race festivities for the 3M Performance 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Michigan International Speedway.

In addition to performing the national anthem, Vaughan will perform Saturday, Aug. 18 in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza during the 3M Car Care Auto Fair. Mainly known for his ability to defy expectations of modern blues music, the former Fabulous Thunderbirds member is also a classic car enthusiast.

"Performing the national anthem at the 3M Performance 400 is a privilege for me," Vaughan said. "People know me for my passion of music, but another true love of mine is cars. Just attending this event would be cool, but to have the opportunity to play at an event like this, in front of thousands of NASCAR fans and surrounded by incredible cars, is really exciting."

Since 1990, the contemporary blues musician has released four solo albums, but throughout his storied career he has also recorded and performed with other famous musicians including B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Bill Carter, Carlos Santana, Denny Freeman, Don Henley, Eric Clapton, Lou Ann Barton, and Willie Nelson.

Vaughan has also become a leading designer of classic and custom cars, and his work has been featured in Rod & Custom, Rodder's Journal, and Custom Rodder. His first restoration was a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetwood.

The 3M Performance 400 weekend is the perfect time for Vaughan to perform the national anthem, as Chevrolet will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Chevy. Eleven NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will feature special paint schemes in celebration of the classic car's milestone. The Team Chevy drivers include Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, Tony Raines, Martin Truex Jr., Kenny Wallace, and J.J. Yeley.

Currently on tour opening for Bob Dylan, Vaughan's upcoming album with Omar Kent Dykes, "On the Jimmy Reed Highway," will be in stores Aug. 21. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair will be located in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the center grandstand. The fair will run Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is free to race fans. Make sure to stop by the Fair Saturday, Aug. 18 to see Vaughan's performance, and catch his unique guitar rendition of the national anthem on Sunday, Aug. 19 during the 3M Performance 400 pre-race festivities.

Tickets for the 3M Performance 400 weekend at MIS, including the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18 and the 3M Performance 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are available by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.

-credit: mis

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kenny Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , J.J. Yeley , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Eric Clapton , Mark Martin