Country Music Star Willie Jones to Perform National Anthem Before Kansas NASCAR Cup Series Buschy McBusch Race 400

Published 05/01/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers cross the start line during the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


Ahead of every NASCAR Cup Series race, it is customary that a celebrity sings the American National anthem. On this occasion, when the fraternity visits the Kansas Speedway, country music star Willie Jones will have the honor. As it turns out, the Kansas Speedway is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the NASCAR series.

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This explains why the African-American singer will grace the track with his presence. It isn’t uncommon for celebrities to make an appearance at NASCAR races. Recently, WWE superstar Sasha Banks had the honor of waving the green flag at Daytona. Aside from her, rapper Pitbull also made an appearance, though his reasons were different as he is the part-owner of one of the teams.

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Earlier this year, Jones released a song, titled “American Dream,” which became hugely popular. Given the patriotic nature of that song, it was only fitting that he got a chance to sing the National anthem. One thing is for sure, the 20th anniversary of the Kansas Speedway will definitely be memorable.

What to expect from the NASCAR Cup Series race in Kansas?

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Coming to the actual race itself, the 2021 season seems to be following a trend. There has been a new winner at nearly every track; and that lasted until Martin Truex Jr snapped that in Martinsville, weeks after he won at the Phoenix Raceway. However, he has a bit of a mountain to climb from 15th on the grid while Brad Keselowski starts on pole.

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

On the bright side, championship leader and rival, Denny Hamlin will start all the way down in 20th place. Of course, pole position does not guarantee a race win, as the pole-sitter has not won a single race in 2021. Having said that, Brad Keselowski will try his best to break that trend and be the first to take a lights to flag win.

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