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Here’s Who’s Performing & Appearing at Atlanta

With a Daytona International Speedway weekend that nearly lasted into Tuesday night (Feb. 19) behind us, it’s time for a calm weekend ahead, right?

Just kidding! More pack racing will be on display in all three series as the tour heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is the first time since 2019 that Atlanta has hosted the second race of the regular season.

The new-look 1.5-mile track has produced some absolute thrillers since the new layout debuted in 2022, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. saying on the NBC Sports broadcast last season that it is the top race to which he would send fans.

This weekend should spice things up in the South, and several dignitaries will ring it in.

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National Anthem: Mary Kate Farmer will sing the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series race. Farmer is a two-time Georgia County Female Artist of the Year winner.

Grand Marshal: Performance Racing Network president and lead announcer Doug Rice will command the drivers to fire their engines for the Ambetter Health 400. Rice has become a renowned voice in motorsports, and he will wrap up a 36-year career after the 2024 season. Rice is a three-time NMPA Broadcaster of the Year.

Honorary Starter: Eric Izquierdo will wave the green flag over the field for the Cup race. Izquierdo is the CEO and president of InTouch Financial Group.

Pre-Race Concert: Jon Langston will entertain fans with his brand of country music prior to the Ambetter Health 400.

Flyover: Two F-22s from Langley Air Force Base’s 1st Fighter Wing will fly over the AMS during the national anthem for the Cup race.

About the author

Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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Nobody from the WWE? Brian’s disappointed.

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