Multi-platinum recording artist Dierks Bentley will take the stage ahead of the 65th running of the Daytona 500 on February 19.
Daytona International Speedway announced that the 14-time Grammy-nominated entertainer will perform a setlist of hit songs just before drivers take the green flag, signaling the start of the 2023 season and NASCAR’s 75th anniversary.
“I’m ready to get back to Daytona with all the biggest NASCAR fans,” Bentley said. “The energy there is unmatched and I know we will have a blast getting them ready for the race.”
A man with his own history at the World Center of Racing, Bentley has long been a favorite for NASCAR fans, previously performing at the 2011 Daytona 500 and during Speedweeks in 2009. He most recently played before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway in 2021.
Bentley is set to release his 10th album, entitled Gravel & Gold, on February 24.
“We’re honored to welcome Dierks back to the World Center of Racing,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “Having an entertainer who knows how to start a party, preforming at the 65th DAYTONA 500 and kicking off NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, is a combination fit for a fantastic Sunday.”
Besides Bentley’s concert, many other events are scheduled in the multiple days of action-packed entertainment during Speedweeks, starting on February 15.
The concert will take place on pit road, visible from the grandstands, but fans with a UNOH Fanzone Pass can watch Bentley’s set up close. A special VIP add-on is available for fans who want an exclusive view of the concert in an area next to the stage.
(Photo: Jim Wright)
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