Country Music Rising Superstar Cole Swindell Roars around Charlotte Motor Speedway with NASCAR Star Ryan Blaney

       Platinum-selling country music star Cole Swindell took a high-speed ride around Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday with NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney; Swindell will perform the May 19 Monster Energy All-Star Race pre-race concert presented by Rayovac, Kwikset, George Foreman and National Hardware

·         Swindell’s concert is FREE with purchase of any All-Star Race ticket; A $20 Golden Ticket upgrade grants fans stage-front access to Swindell’s 70-minute performance

·         Fans can buy tickets to the May 19 Monster Energy All-Star Race, which include FREE admission to the Cole Swindell concert, by visiting the speedway’s website or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)


CONCORD, N.C. (March 7, 2018) – No stranger to the thrill of performing in front of thousands of fans, country music rising superstar Cole Swindell experienced a different kind of adrenaline rush on Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The platinum-selling singer and songwriter rode shotgun with NASCAR star Ryan Blaney in a NASCAR Racing Experience stock car, setting the stage for Swindell’s May 19 Monster Energy All-Star Race Concert presented by Rayovac BatteriesKwiksetGeorge Foreman and National Hardware.


Swindell – a longtime NASCAR fan who attended his first race at Charlotte – has charted seven No. 1 hits in a career that is still on the rise. Nothing, however rose for Swindell like the lump in his throat once Blaney took him for a ride around Charlotte’s 1.5-mile superspeedway.


“It was breathtaking,” Swindell said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that fast before – especially in a car like that. It was crazy. Ryan told me he’d get me as close to the wall as he could and he definitely did. I was just holding on. It looks so smooth on television, but they’re really grinding when they go through the turns. … You have to see it in person. I can’t wait to see everybody out at the All-Star Race when they’re really going to go after it.”


Blaney didn’t hit 220 miles per hour in his No. 12 Menards car, but his passenger said it felt like it.


“I was about 90 percent there,” Blaney said. “It was fun. It’s the first time I’ve given a ride to a friend of mine. I think that made me I go a little bit harder. … I love the music industry. I’m a big fan of (Swindell’s) and I appreciate how hard those guys work to get to where they are. He’s such a big fan of racing too, so it’s cool to support him and have his support too.”


Hours before Blaney chases a million-dollar victory in the All-Star Race on May 19, Swindell will perform for fans at 2 p.m. at the entrance outside of Turn 1 near Gate 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, adjacent to the Fan Zone. The concert is FREE with the purchase of any Monster Energy All-Star Race ticket.


OVERVIEW: 

The Cole Swindell All-Star Race Concert presented by Rayovac Batteries, Kwikset, George Foreman and National Hardware will kick off pre-race festivities for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on a stage located near the Turn 1 entrance. For just $20, fans can upgrade to a special Golden Ticket for early access to a reserved area directly in front of the stage. Golden Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.


TICKETS: 

To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades to the Monster Energy All-Star Race or the Coca-Cola 600, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.


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ABOUT COLE SWINDELL:

In just over four years since he made his debut on Warner Bros. Records, Swindell has racked up an impressive and incomparable record-breaking SEVEN No. 1 singles (the only solo artist in the history of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the charts with first seven singles); 10 No. 1 singles as a songwriter; one 1 billion audience reaching single (“You Should Be Here”), five Platinum singles; one Gold single; a Platinum-certified debut album; a Gold-certified sophomore album (You Should Be Here) as well as numerous SONGWRITING honors and awards including being the reigning NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year (2016), winning two CMA Triple Play Awards in both 2015 and 2016 (for penning three No. 1 songs in a 12 month span) and Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year during his debut (2015). the Georgia native just released his current and 9th career single “Break Up in the End,” the first single from his upcoming third album for Warner Bros. Records.


Last year, Swindell performed his 7th career No. 1 single “Flatliner,” which features his mentor/friend and 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR mate Dierks Bentley, on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards telecast live on CBS and again on the ABC Television “CMA Fest” special. He also realized a career goal with performing “Stay Downtown” on both The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Since launching his career in 2014, Swindell has toured with the biggest superstars in country music including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and has sold out his first three Down Home Tours and just wrapped his fourth sold out Down Home Tour in January in support of his Down Home Session IV EP. Swindell just launched his first career headlining tour in February – Reason To Drink Tour. Joining him on tour are two of country music’s biggest rising stars Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina.

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