Joliet, Ill. – May 24, 2011 Singer, songwriter Crystal Bowersox will perform the national anthem on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Chicagoland Speedway’s Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 ARCA Series presented by Menards and the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series. Bowersox will also be performing songs from her new album Farmer’s Daughter at the Champion’s Park Concert Stage that afternoon. 

“We’re excited to have Crystal Bowersox sing the national anthem to begin the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race under the lights,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway President. “Crystal’s soulful voice is the perfect kick-off to our first race weekend of 2011 at Chicagoland Speedway. In continuing with our commitment to enhance the overall guest experience for our fans, local Chicago bands, 7th Heaven and Infinity will be performing in Champions Park throughout the day. ”

Bowersox’s emotive country-rock style was catapulted from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago to millions of homes across America when she placed second on last year’s season of American Idol. Along with her old soul of a voice, her care-free style and "don't mess with me" attitude set her apart from the other contestants and eventually landed the self-taught songstress performances with the likes of the legendary Joe Cocker, Harry Connick Jr., and Alanis  Morrissette.

Farmer’s Daughter , Bowersox’s first studio release (19 Entertainment/Jive Records) chronicles her personal experience of dealing with a dark childhood, to finding love and happiness as a young woman, and everything in between. Since her album’s release in December, Bowersox has done on open for Michael Franti, Darius Rucker, and made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry with Vince Gill.

Chicago’s very own alternative rock band, 7th Heaven , along with ultimate 80’s tribute rock band, Infinity , will be performing throughout the day in Champion’s Park.


Post-race, attendees will be able to rock out with multi-platinum selling alternative rock band, Puddle of Mudd.  The “in-your-face” group has sold over five million copies of their debut album Come Clean and in 2002 had the most played song off their sophomore album, “Blurry”.  Between the mesmerizing vocals along with easy-going, yet eccentric beats, Puddle of Mudd is a concert that you don’t want to miss!

To purchase tickets for the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 ACRA Series race presented by Menards at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 4, visit or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).


Chicagoland Speedway’s 2011 Schedule:


Date                  Event

June 4              STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards)


Sept 16             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sept 17             Dollar General 300 presented by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sept 18             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series       


Route 66 Raceway’s 2011 Schedule:


Date                  Event

June 10-12        Burndown at Sundown

June 23-26        NMRA NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

July 7-10           O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals (NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)


Sept 15             *Traxxas Torc, The Off-Road Championship Series        


*At the Route 66 dirt oval

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Celebrating its 10th year of racing, Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a drag racing facility located on the same property, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit .

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