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SONOMA, CA - JUNE 24:  Cars race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2018 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Tower of Power to Perform National Anthem at Toyota/Save Mart 350

SONOMA, Calif. (June 14, 2019) – Iconic Bay Area soul artists Tower of Power will perform the national anthem for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23.

Founded in nearby Oakland in 1968, Tower of Power has carved its way through the music industry with a one-of-a-kind blend of intricate classics.  The group, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, has more than 24 releases in its impressive catalog, including studio albums, live albums and anthologies, and landed eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including chart-topping hits like “You’re Still a Young Man,”  “What is Hip?” and “Squib Cakes.”

Noted for its power-packed Tower of Power Horns, they created one of the most in-demand horn sections on the West Coast, performing with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and Huey Lewis.

Lead vocalist Marcus Scott will join the mighty five-piece Tower of Power Horns, including the band’s founders Doc Kupka and Emilio Castillo, to perform the national anthem minutes before the green flag falls on the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

“We are really excited to play our National Anthem for the NASCAR race in Sonoma,” said Emilio Castillo, bandleader for Tower of Power. “Tower of Power Horns and Marcus Scott will be proudly representing for our country at one of the biggest events in Northern California. What a blessing for ToP!”

Tower of Power’s performance will conclude a jam-packed Toyota/Save Mart 350 pre-race show, powered by Friedman’s’ Home Improvement, including a NASCAR legends Q&A, Patriots Jet Team air show, stunt plane, Oregon National Guard flyover and more.

“Tower of Power’s legendary East Bay sound has been rocking the music world for more than half a century,” said Sonoma Raceway President & General Manager Steve Page. “As Sonoma Raceway celebrates our own 50th anniversary, there isn’t a better way to fire up our fans for a spectacular afternoon of racing.”

For more information or to purchase NASCAR race tickets, visit www.sonomaraceway.com. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Fast Facts:

WHERE: Sonoma Raceway

WHEN: June 21-23, 2019

CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course


  • Sonoma Raceway celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout the 2019 season. The wine country facility has hosted a NASCAR Cup event since 1989.
  • NASCAR will return to Sonoma’s full 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course for this year’s event. This configuration hasn’t been used for NASCAR since 1997. The race length will be 90 laps.
  • In 2018, Martin Truex Jr. claimed his second Sonoma victory by the largest margin of victory in raceway history (10.513 seconds) over Kevin Harvick.

TICKETS: $30-$140 single day/$95-$180 weekend; parking is FREE; kids 12 and under FREE on Friday and Saturday; $10 on Sunday. Military and group discounts available.

INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE, SonomaRaceway.com/NASCAR

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