Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 3:45pm

Rucker to Appear on 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards Live From Nashville, Tenn. on December 5

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 62nd running of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 16, the season-opening race for the NASCAR Cup Series (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

In addition to his pre-show performance at the 2020 DAYTONA 500, Rucker will also appear on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards this Thursday, Dec. 5. Airing live from the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., the Awards air live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

Rucker, who first achieved multi-Platinum status as lead singer of the iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, has also earned chart-topping success as a solo artist. He has released five critically-acclaimed country albums and notched nine No. 1 singles at country radio, also earning an induction into the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2012. Hootie & the Blowfish returned to the road in 2019 for their sold-out Group Therapy Tour and released Imperfect Circle, their first new album in nearly 15 years, last month.

"The energy at the track is always electric," shares Rucker of Daytona International Speedway. "We're looking forward to performing for the awesome race fans."

“Darius Rucker’s appeal is massive, encompassing fans of both rock and country music, making him a perfect fit for fans attending ‘The Great American Race,’” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “A talent like this is rare. Darius is a true American success story and we are proud to welcome him back once again.”
Fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Rucker’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show – as well as driver introductions – from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show ticket packages, available starting at $213, have been designed around Rucker’s appearance. The package includes a DAYTONA 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access for $114. All VIP ticket packages are on sale now at 
The 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway – and his third appearance as a solo artist. In 2002 and 2010, Rucker delivered solo performances prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and in 2003, Hootie & the Blowfish took part in the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert.
Tickets for the 2020 DAYTONA 500 and all Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at 
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest speedway news.
About Darius Rucker
Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the record industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s enjoyed four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart and nine No. 1 Country singles, earning a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third GRAMMY for Best Solo Country Performance with his 4x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a careerlong supporter of the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina; and has raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. Rucker recently wrapped the Group Therapy Tour with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View in addition to Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years. 

Media Contacts for Darius Rucker
Ebie McFarland | Janet Edbrooke 
Essential Broadcast Media
(615) 327-3259

ebie@ebmediapr.com | janet@ebmediapr.com 
Lori Christian 
UMG Nashville
(615) 524-7563


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Dawn Zinsmaster
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