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DOVER, Del. – Multi-platinum country music quartet Lonestar will give a free concert for race fans on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The band will then head inside the track where they’ll perform the National Anthem prior to the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Best known for its 1999 smash-hit single, “Amazed,” Lonestar has enjoyed two decades of success that include 10 No. 1 country hit songs, including the aforementioned “Amazed,” as well as 2001’s “I’m Already There” and 2004’s “Mr. Mom.” The group’s unique blend of strong melodies and rich vocals has helped it amass RIAA certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since 1995.
After forming in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar skyrocketed up the charts and into stardom with “Amazed,” which reached No. 1 on the country music charts as well as the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won the 1999 ACM Single of the Year and Song of the Year awards, and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year award.
Lonestar is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by releasing a new album titled “Life As We Know It” supported by the current single “The Countdown” now at radio. The original lineup includes lead singer and piano player Richie McDonald, Michael Britt (lead guitar, backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards/backing vocals).
For more information about Lonestar and its forthcoming album, visit www.LonestarNow.com.
Along with the Lonestar announcement, Dover International Speedway has announced that singer/songwriter Gina Zavalis will sing the National Anthem prior to the Saturday, Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200″ NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Griffin Dunn, a 13-year-old singer songwriter, will perform the song for the Friday, Sept. 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
Zavalis, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a classically trained vocalist with a BA and concentration in Musical Theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. In addition to her accomplished singing ability, she is also an exceptional actress and was an original cast member on the national tour of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” Her EP “Gina Zavalis” has earned rave reviews and she’s currently working on a follow up to that.
To learn more about Gina Zavalis, visit www.GinaZavalis.com.
At only 13 years old, Griffin Dunn has been performing since he was only five years old. He’s had the opportunity to perform at many different venues, including fundraisers for the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Last year, he was invited to serenade Lil Wayne’s daugter, Reginae, at her birthday party. He’s also opened for past American Idol winner Kris Allen, who has also performed the National Anthem at the Monster Mile.
Dunn has recorded several original songs and has many videos on YouTube, which you can see by clicking here.
NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 28-30, 2012 with the Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.