Country star to kick off racing


December 3, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Darius Rucker performs on stage during a Hootie and the Blowfish concert. DAVID DERMER/SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker will perform a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500 in February.

It will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway and first at the “Great American Race,” which will again serve as NASCAR’s Cup Series season opener. The 500-mile race is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Track president Chip Wile says Rucker’s appeal “is massive, encompassing fans of both rock and country music, making him a perfect fit for fans” at Daytona.

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