Kane Brown Serves As Grand Marshal For Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series, Meets ‘Legend’ Richard Petty
The Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series took place in Nashville on Sunday, June 26, and country superstar Kane Brown was…
Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown, Richard Petty
The Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series took place in Nashville on Sunday, June 26, and country superstar Kane Brown was on hand serving as the Grand Marshal for the race.
The “Like I Love Country Music” singer sported a Dale Earnhardt shirt as he took on his official race day duties with his wife, Katelyn, by his side.
Brown, a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, was joined by two local Boys & Girls Club members to kick off the race.
“Drivers, start your engines,” they shouted.
Brown had the chance to meet with Honorary Starter Sheamus, a WWE Wrestler, as well as several NFL players ahead of the race and even had the opportunity to meet a racing icon.
“When you wear a Dale Earnheardt shirt to the race and Richard Petty gets mad and signs it…whatever, hell yeah,” Brown said in a video posted to his Instagram stories.
He also shared a photo alongside Petty with the caption, “Legend.”
“We can’t wait to welcome Kane Brown to Nashville Superspeedway next month as part of our celebration around the Ally 400,” Nashville Superspeedway president Erik Moses said prior to the race. “As Middle Tennessee’s home for NASCAR racing and entertainment, we are thrilled to be able to host America’s top drivers and top entertainers at the same time.”
Dubbed “NASHCAR,” the Ally 400 took place at the Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26. The event brought out a plethora of country music artists, including, Brothers Osborne, who headlined the pre-race concert, and Reyna Roberts, who sang the National Anthem.
Morgan Wallen, Tyler Braden, Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Julia Cole, Peytan Porter, Shelby Darrall, Charles Esten, Halle Kearns, Mason Ramsey, and more were also in attendance.
Dolly Parton and Keith Urban also partook in the festivities virtually.
Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.