Smash Mouth To Play Post-Race Concert On August 18Share
Michigan International Speedway will host a special post-race concert featuring the pop/rock band Smash Mouth following the CARFAX 250 NASCAR Busch Series event Saturday, Aug. 18. The concert will be presented by the SPEED Channel. Smash Mouth first came onto the music scene in 1997 with the release of "Walkin' on the Sun" from their self-made debut "Fush Yung Mang," which sold more than two million copies. However, it was 1999's Astro Lounge that truly set the pop pinnacle. The lead single "All-Star" topped three national radio charts and hit number four on Billboard's perennial Hot 100. The group's self-titled third album featured "I'm a Believer," featured in the film "Shrek." The group also released "Get the Picture?" in 2003, the greatest hits album "All Star: The Smash Hits in 2005," and their fifth studio album "Summer Girl" released in fall 2006. "Having a huge act like Smash Mouth perform for our loyal race fans is a great opportunity for us to say 'thank-you' for their support throughout the 2007 race season," track President Roger Curtis said. "The weekend will be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our fans, giving fans an affordable way to see great racing and an awesome concert makes all the hard work worth it." The band is no stranger to NASCAR, as lead singer Steve Harwell is an avid enthusiast of the sport. "I'm a huge race fanatic," Harwell said in a 2005 interview with NASCAR.com. "If I wasn't doing music, I'd be driving a race car or working with a race team. I've always been a gear head." Fans that have purchased tickets to the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race, which in the past has featured many NEXTEL Cup Series stars such as Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., may use their ticket stubs for gate admission to the post-race concert outside Turns One and Two featuring a band which has sold over 5.5 million albums in the United States. With the purchase of a $50 ticket for the CARFAX 250, with children 12 and under admitted free, fans will be in store for an event filled day with two NEXTEL Cup Series practices, Busch Series qualifying, the CARFAX 250 featuring many NEXTEL Cup regulars, and a concert by the hit music group Smash Mouth. On the NASCAR front, Smash Mouth has been an active fixture throughout the sport. The band performed at the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series awards ceremony, was an active participant in the 2005 NASCAR Day celebration, was featured on the soundtrack for "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience," and has visited and performed at many tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Tickets for the remainder of the 2007 race season at MIS, including the Firestone Indy 400 IndyCar Series race on Aug. 5, the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18, and the 3M Performance 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.
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