Award-winning country music artist Joe Nichols will perform a free fan concert and sing the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16


Award-winning country music artist Joe Nichols will perform free fan concert and sing the national anthem at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 16.

Nichols' song "Gimmie that Girl" currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard country music chart

The Grammy-nominated artist will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY’S Milk & Milkshakes” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 16 at Dover International Speedway.

The singer of country hits “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “The Impossible” and “Brokenheartsville,” will also perform a live concert on the Victory Plaza stage outside of Turn 4 at the track beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. The concert is free for all May 16 ticket holders.

The Victory Plaza stage, adjacent to the popular Monster Monument and FanZone display area, will be a hot spot for race fans all weekend long. With live entertainment, free autograph sessions and interactive displays, fans will have plenty to do away from the action on the track. For more information and to review a schedule of fan events, visit DoverSpeedway.com.

Nichols continues to prove how hip and relevant country music can be. With the aptly titled album Old Things New, the award-winning singer once again balances artistry with accessibility, applying his distinctive baritone to new songs that define country music for modern times. It’s the perfect follow-up to his acclaimed 2007 album, Real Things, which landed Nichols on a multitude of best-of-the-year lists, including those published by the New York Times, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, CMT.com and many others.

From the start, with 2002’s breakthrough Universal South debut, Man with a Memory, Nichols established himself with No. 1 hits like “The Impossible” and “Brokenheartsville,” that led to him winning the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist and CMT’s Breakthrough Music Video of the Year.

Over the next three critically acclaimed albums—Revelation, III and Real Things— Nichols secured his spot as a rock-solid traditionalist who could master lighthearted swing, blue ballads and message songs and gather No. 1 hits along the way, including three No. 1 hits and seven Top-10 hits.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 14-16. For more information, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.