Rodney Atkins To Honor Marines With A Special Pre-NASCAR Race Concert
April 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM (PT)
CURB/NASHVILLE artist RODNEY ATKINS will honor military hero UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) MATTHEW HANSEN, in an hour-long concert prior to the CROWN ROYAL PRESENTS THE MATTHEW & DANIEL HANSEN 400 at RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY on APRIL 30th. The race will not just recognize MATTHEW, but also his identical twin brother and fellow MARINE, DANIEL, who was killed in action in 2009.
Ticketholders who are 21 years of age and older will have the opportunity to view the concert on the frontstretch of the track. To receive passes for on-track access, ticketholders are invited to visit a booth located in the white VIBE tent on the midway, adjacent to the OLD DOMINION BUILDING on APRIL 30th, where they will receive a CROWN ROYAL t-shirt and a lanyard, providing them access to the stage area for the concert. Ticketholders who do not have on-track access passes can still experience the concert from the grandstands.
“I look forward to kicking off the race weekend in Richmond with a live performance to honor MATTHEW and DANIEL HANSEN and all military members who put their lives on the line every day so that we may enjoy freedom,” said ATKINS. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to entertain race fans and have them join me in thanking our country’s heroes for their efforts here and overseas.”
Recently, ATKINS performed his song “These are My People” in front of fans and members of the NASCAR community in the DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FANZONE and unveiled MATTHEW HANSEN as the grand-prize winner of the annual CROWN ROYAL “YOUR NAME HERE” 400 program. As ARKINS began the song, he included the HANSEN brothers’ names to unveil the winner, singing “MATTHEW and DANIEL HANSEN on the radio.”