National Anthem and Charities at the Primestar 500

TEXAS NATIVE TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 19, 1999) - Country star Tracy Byrd will have the honor of singing the National Anthem for the March 28 PRIMESTAR 500. Byrd, a Beaumont, Texas native, has been at the top of the ...

TEXAS NATIVE TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 19, 1999) - Country star Tracy Byrd will have the honor of singing the National Anthem for the March 28 PRIMESTAR 500.

Byrd, a Beaumont, Texas native, has been at the top of the country charts for the past six years.

"I actually am a fan of NASCAR racing, "said Byrd. "Being able to perform the National Anthem in front of that many fellow race fans right here in my home state is something I'm looking forward to."

Byrd has had several hits including "Watermelon Crawl," "Keeper of the Stars, " and "I'm From the Country."

"Tracy is a talented singer, "said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "It makes perfect sense to have a real Texan here to perform for the fans."

"THE DUKE" DEBUTS AT TEXAS FOR CHARITY

Sterling Marlin doesn't normally have anyone "riding shotgun" on race day, but he'll make an exception for the upcoming PRIMESTAR 500. The #40 Coors Light entry will feature John Wayne on the hood with the phrase, "Pick it up Pilgrim," as well as the John Wayne Cancer Institute logo on the rear quarter-panels. A major portion of the proceeds from sales of souvenirs featuring the special design will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute of Santa Monica, Calif.

"I've admired John Wayne since I was a boy, " said Marlin. Having him on the car was something I've wanted to do for a while, and Coors and the Wayne family helped make that possible. This is a great opportunity for everyone involved and I'm proud to be part of it." In a recent Harris Poll, Wayne was listed as the number-two most popular actor in America. Wayne passed away in 1979.

DO I HAVE A BIDDER?

The items continue to stream in for the upcoming Winn Dixie Speedway Children's Charity Auction to be held March 27 following the Coca-Cola 300. Fans will have the chance to bid on a variety of driver memorabilia including autographed die-cast cars, Sam Bass prints and even a fender or two.

"Fans will enjoy the show whether they plan to bid on anything or not, "said Speedway Children's Charities vice president Rusty Vaughn. "You can take home something really nice for as little as $15 or so -- or spend a few thousand if you're so inclined." SCC estimates there will be 75-100 items by auction time. Some of the more interesting items include the hood from Dale Jarret's #88 Batman Ford and Kenny Irwin's #28 Joker Ford. There will also be sheet metals from the cars of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and Mike Skinner. The event will be held in the Village of Champions across from Gate 7 following the end of Saturday's Busch Series race. Admission is free.

For information on Speedway Children's Charities, contact Alicia Jenkins at (817) 215-8564.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Mike Skinner , Sterling Marlin