WATCH: Trace Adkins meets disabled veteran and sings national anthem at NASCAR’s Daytona 500
Before the start of the great American race, Tracer Adkins kicked off with a stirring rendition of the national anthem at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Sunday afternoon (February 20).
The country icon and up-and-coming star FOX country music drama series, MONARCH, took to the Daytona 500 circuit to sing his version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” marking the first time he performed at NASCAR’s most prestigious race. The Daytona 500 also serves as NASCAR’s season-opening event.
The “You’re Gonna Miss This” singer, who took off his hat and held it in his hand to his chest, sang the national anthem in front of the sold-out crowd of loyal NASCAR fans as well as the drivers of event and their families, all of whom had their right hands on their hearts.
“I can’t believe it took me this long to get to Daytona,” Adkins shared. (by The Daytona Beach News Journal) “I’m happy to be here. I’m thrilled. One thing that still makes me nervous. If I screw up the national anthem, you’re on YouTube for the rest of your life.
Adkins’ performance of the national anthem culminated with a flyover of the world-famous USA Air Force Thunderbirds, which soared above the clear blue skies of Florida above the popular NASCAR circuit.
The flyover marked the 12th consecutive year, and 13th overall, that America’s “Ambassadors in Blue,” officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, have showcased their talent in world class and their precise choreography as they flew in their signature ‘Delta’ formation. above the highway.
His television performance also featured clips of several U.S. service members watching and saluting from overseas.
Watch Adkins’ performance of the song below.
Ahead of his performance of the national anthem, Adkins shared a photo of a disabled veteran in attendance, which he captioned, “Saying hello to a veteran at #Daytona500. 🇺🇸”
In the photo, the country hitmaker, dressed in a Canadian blue tuxedo, is seen signing an autograph for a veteran in a wheelchair at the Speedway.
the Daytona 500 airs Sunday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
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