Kentucky Speedway has called on Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy to sing the national anthem before NASCAR's Quaker State 400 on Saturday night.
The versatile star of stage, screen and country music will honor America before the green flag drops in Sparta for the 7:30 p.m. race.
Bundy is preparing to release her second country music album.
■ Kentucky Speedway also announced plans to keep fans comfortable during this week's hot weather at the track.
Multiple cool zones are planned, along with extra supplies of ice and water throughout the Speedway.
Speedway campgrounds opened Tuesday and the first race-team haulers are scheduled to arrive in the infield Wednesday morning.
Parking lots open at 7 a.m. each race day, with NASCAR races scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.