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Multi-platinum recording artist to perform prior to Ford EcoBoost 400

Miami – Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will take the stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway for an hour-long concert prior to the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 17. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer made the announcement.

The multi-platinum and 11 time Grammy-nominated artist will headline the popular pre-race concert on the track’s frontstretch just before NASCAR’s biggest and brightest stars settle the season-long Sprint Cup Series championship.

Bentley has forged his own artistic path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His most recent album HOME debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career number one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley recently released his new single “I Hold On” off his upcoming album RISER.

Taking a break from his self-titled tour, Bentley will be sure to leave fans with the thought of “What Was I Thinkin’” if they miss out on his pre-race concert. The concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT, and fans with any Sunday Ford EcoBoost 400 ticket will be able to watch the concert.

“Dierks Bentley is a dynamic performer and multi-talented musician – he will certainly deliver a thrilling performance before the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400,” said Becherer. “Race fans will receive a first-class, heart-pounding show that will serve as the perfect primer for this NASCAR series-crowning race.”

In addition to the concert, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Bentley have teamed up to create a ticket package. The package includes a ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 400 and a Pre-Race Pit Pass to allow fans an up-close view of the concert for $105 (valued at $175 if priced individually). For more information about Ford EcoBoost 400 tickets and other entertainment during Ford Championship Weekend, please visit, or call 305.230.5255.

Please see attached for photo Bentley (photo credit: Nino Munoz).

About Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.  The 650-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and will host NASCAR’s championship races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 15-17, 2013) for the 12th consecutive year.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 175 countries in 24 languages.  Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course, generates more than $250 million annually for the region.

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be crowned Sunday, November 17.  The Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner will receive a custom Bay Boat built by industry icon Contender, a Homestead-based company.

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