Iowa Speedway announces concert series performers

Race fans and music lovers will come together at Iowa Speedway for three weekends of entertainment this summer.

The Speedway has announced the full NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series lineup, featuring three dynamic acts at the Pork Party Pavilion, complementing eight thrilling races on the 7/8-mile oval. The lineup includes Buckcherry, Eric Paslay and Snake Oil.

“The NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series is a really fun benefit that we provide to our guests to enhance the fan experience," said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “The concerts have become a very important part of each event weekend. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from our fans when we brought back concerts each weekend last season at the Pork Party Pavilion."

The NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series kicks off on June 18, when party-rock act Buckcherry, takes center stage. The Los Angeles-based group will perform following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200.

The following day, the Speedway hosts the only NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled on a Sunday in 2016.

Country singer and songwriter Eric Paslay will keep fans cheering following the conclusion of the ARCA Racing Series 150, presented by Casey’s General Stores, on July 9. Paslay will hit the Pork Party Pavilion, overlooking Turn 4, after the checkered flag is waved. The INDYCAR Series will speed things up the following day with the 10th running of the Iowa Corn 300, as INDYCAR’s stars solidify Iowa Speedway’s claim as the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet."

Snake Oil, a beloved rock tribute band, will close out the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series in style on Friday, July 29. Following the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150, fans can sing their hearts out to classic songs made famous by some of the biggest names in music.

Each installment of the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series will take place at the Pork Party Pavilion, following the conclusion of the first race of each race weekend.

Before drivers turn a wheel in hopes of celebrating in Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane, international music producer and DJ – Michaelis – will charge up the crowd each race weekend. Michaelis first performed at a NASCAR event when he set the mood for the 2014 edition of the U.S. Cellular 250 putting a signature twist on driver introductions and setting the standard for pre-race hype. Since debuting at Iowa Speedway, Michaelis has gone on to produce the driver introduction music for the 2015 Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup and performed at the 2015 edition of NASCAR After the Lap in Las Vegas.

After the roar of the engines has subsided following the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250, country music star Tim Dugger, will perform at Iowa Speedway’s third annual Post-Race Party on the frontstretch. Iowa Speedway was the first track to open the catchfence and throw a Post-Race Party for fans on the race surface, but this signature event is quickly being adopted at other venues as well.

“We see the addition of great music as a perfect way to express our appreciation for our guests who return every year," Small said. “We worked hard to put together a stellar lineup of entertainment because we understand the importance of offering more than a ticket and a race result: it’s about making memories for the fans at Iowa Speedway."

Headlining clubs and performing at other NASCAR tracks, Dugger has amassed a loyal following of race fans, drivers, and crew chiefs. Dugger, an Alabama-native, has performed with a wide variety of popular country artists including Trace Adkins, Sarah Evans, Diamond Rio and Craig Morgan.

Iowa Speedway season tickets, which are currently on sale, include eight high-powered races over three weekends. Wide Opening Weekend will feature both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol 250 during Father’s Day Weekend on June 18-19. The second weekend of racing will showcase the ARCA Racing Series 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores, the INDYCAR Series Iowa Corn 300 and Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship on July 9-10. The 2016 race season will close on July 29-30 with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250.

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