WHAT: Two-day fan event featuring some of the top names in country music and NASCAR. In its history, Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust has attracted an estimated 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 for Victory Junction (a year-round camping experience founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children, ages 6-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
WHEN: THIS WEEKEND, Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9, 2010
WHERE: Nashville, Tenn. -Ryman Auditorium (Friday night) and Nashville Municipal Auditorium (Saturday)
DETAILS: Some of the greatest names in country music will kick off the two-day event at the Grand Ole Opry when Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust hits the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 8. The special night of music will feature Vince Gill, Hank Williams Jr.,Chris Young, Danny Gokey, Holly Williams, Jason Michael Carroll, Kyle Petty and his band and many more. There will also be appearances by NASCAR standouts Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle during the Friday night event. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. See opry.com for the complete artist line-ups for each show.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 the fun continues at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, where fans of racing and country music will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers and top-name artists for autographs, story-telling, and question-and-answer sessions. Attendees will have the chance to view NASCAR showcars of yesterday and tomorrow, check out sponsor displays, and bid on memorabilia from the racing and entertainment industries as part of a silent auction fundraiser.
This year, fans of NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch are in luck, as limited (200) early autograph passes will be available. Fans who would like to wait for the chance to obtain these passes will have access to the Exhibition Hall at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium beginning TODAY, Jan. 8 at 12 p.m., with distribution taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. These are the only early passes available and patrons must show their Festival Ticket to enter the Exhibition Hall. For more information, read the rules and regulations at http://soundandspeed.org/schedule.
NASCAR stars slated to appear at the festival are:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Country music stars slated to appear at the festival are:
Jason Michael Carroll
Members of Diamond Rio
Nathan Lee Jackson
Duo Kate & Kacey
Love and Theft
Alabama’s Jeff Cook
TICKET INFO: Tickets range from $42 to $54 for the Opry at the Ryman shows on Friday, Jan. 8 and tickets for the festival on Jan. 9 are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Combination tickets (good for the Opry and the festival) are also available and range from $55 to $69. To purchase tickets visit TicketMaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) or http://www.opry.com. For more information and updates check out http://www.soundandspeed.org.