Popular American rock band 3 Doors Down will get the Bass Pro Shops Night Race crowd revved up on Saturday, Sept. 17, when the Grammy-nominated group performs the pre-race concert in the infield of the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race. The pre-race concert is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage in the infield.
With more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, 3 Doors Down has churned out timeless hits spanning across three decades, including longtime favorites such as “Kryptonite,” “Here Without You” and “When I’m Gone.” In 2021, for the first time ever, the band played The Better Life in its entirety, front to back, along with the rest of their hits marking the 20th anniversary of their debut album.
“We are thrilled to have such an All-American rock band like 3 Doors Down to entertain our guests prior to the green flag dropping for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race,” said Jerry Caldwell, president, Bristol Motor Speedway. “Their songs are so memorable and very popular with NASCAR fans. With their southern rock style, they are the perfect fit here at Bristol, where so many amazing groups have performed over the years.”
The band is no stranger to NASCAR, having performed at multiple tracks on the circuit including Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, personal friends of the group, were featured in the 3 Doors Down music video “Road I’m On.” Stewart drove a 3 Doors Down sponsored car in 2003 and Earnhardt Jr. also had the band’s logo on the hood of his racecar in races in 2005 and 2008.
It will be the first time that the Mississippi group, headlined by lead vocalist Brad Arnold, will perform in The Last Great Colosseum. As longtime fans of NASCAR, the group can’t wait to make some noise in one of the most revered stadiums in the world of sports and entertainment.
“When our friends at NASCAR and Bristol called the answer was YES!,” Arnold said. “I’ve never been to Bristol but can’t wait to ROCK that iconic track, see some friends and watch the race there that night. Saying I’m excited to play Bristol for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race is an understatement.”
Fans of the band and those guests seeking to get closer to the action can now purchase the new Pre-Race Infield Experience pass, an upgrade ticket for Saturday evening that will allow those guests to enter the BMS infield and enjoy the 3 Doors Down pre-race concert from the front of the stage and be there for the world-famous Bristol Motor Speedway driver introductions, where the Cup Series stars enter The Last Great Colosseum to the sounds of their favorite music. Fans will be able to access the area at 5 p.m. and will be able to stay inside the infield until the last driver is introduced, just prior to the green flag for the famed Bass Pro Shops Night Race.
In the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race (Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., USA Network, PRN Radio), you’ll get to see all of your favorite drivers racing hard to advance in the Playoffs, including Bristol dominator and recent Food City Dirt Race winner Kyle Busch, defending Night Race winner Kyle Larson, fan-favorite Chase Elliott, rising stars Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain, and veteran drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney.
Sparks are sure to fly in the Food City 300, as NASCAR Xfinity Series favorites A.J. Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibbs and Josh Berry will be trying to lock in their Playoff positions in the season’s final regular season race (Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., USA Network, PRN Radio). Meanwhile, Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes and defending winner Chandler Smith will battle for the victory Thursday night in the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics Camping World Truck Series race (Sept. 15, 9 p.m., FS1, MRN Radio). The rising stars in the ARCA Menards Series also will take on the challenging half-mile bullring in the Bush’s Beans 200 as part of a Thursday night doubleheader (Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., FS1, MRN Radio).
To purchase race tickets and Pre-Race Infield Experience passes, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call the BMS Ticket Sales Center at (866) 415-4158.
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