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Leisure at NASCAR Superspeedway contains CeCe Winans, Luke Combs

Twelve-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans, multi-platinum country star Luke Combs and rising stars Priscilla Block and Brandon Lay will be entertaining the NASCAR Tripleheader on the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.

Winans, a celebrated gospel singer with one star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and more than five million records sold, the Invocation will deliver the Nashville Life Church on the Sunday before the first race of the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN).

Combs will act as the Grand Marshal for the Ally 400. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, is a multi-platinum ACM, CMA, CMT, and Billboard Music Award-winning artist and the 2019 and 2020 CMA Singer of the Year.

Priscilla Block, a 25-year-old social media sensation, will sing the national anthem in front of the Ally 400. Her hit song “Just About Over You” hit the top 40 on the country airplay charts after being crowdfunded by thousands of their fans on TikTok.

Following the song’s success, Block was signed to the Mercury Division of Universal Music Group Nashville last September.

Earlier this month it was announced that Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson would be playing a concert on the Sunday after Ally 400 qualifying and before the race.

Janson is accompanied on stage by longtime country star John Anderson.

Brandon Lay, a Jackson, Tennessee native and singer / songwriter for EMI Records Nashville, will play the national anthem ahead of the Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, NBCSN).

The anthem for the Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday (7 p.m. CT, FS1) will be sung by Brenna Bone, who won the NASHCAR Superstar Sweepstakes Fan Vote.

Bone, a singer / songwriter, has traveled to Nashville from her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and has just released her latest single, “Want It Like That,” on all streaming platforms.

Further highlights at the weekend are:

• Bernard Pollard, a nine-year NFL veteran and former member of the Tennessee Titans (2013-14), waves the green flag as an honorary starter for the Ally 400.

Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) celebrates strong safety Daimion Stafford's interception during practice at St. Thomas Sports Park Sunday July 27, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.

• Vanderbilt’s new basketball coach, Shea Ralph, will serve as the honorary starter for the Tennessee Lottery 250.

• Evening entertainment for RV campers is available Thursday through Saturday courtesy of Rhythm & Racing presented by Ford. Local singer / songwriters will tour the Geico Campgrounds in a Ford F-250 and stop to perform a 20-30 minute musical set.

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• On Sunday, Rhythm & Racing will be parked near the FanZone so that the entire audience can hear them. Planned cast members are Chris Ruediger, Cooper Alan, Ashley Cooke, Alexander Kay and Thomas Mac from The 615 House, Chancie Neal and Joe Denim.

• The bear wood carvers will be in the FanZone all weekend and carvers who turn ordinary pieces of wood into figures. The auctions of their pieces will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon in their FanZone exhibition.

• Monster Energy / Keith Sayers Freestyle Motorcross and the Unknown Industries Harley Stunt Show will showcase motorcycle skills, burnouts and other stunts.

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