Big Machine Records sensation Steel Magnolia will headline New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 FanFest, the ultimate fan party, on Thursday, July 14.

Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones of Steel Magnolia exploded onto the country music scene after winning season two of CMT's 'Can You Duet' competitionThe duo signed a record deal in 2009 with Big Machine Records and released their first single, “Keep on Lovin’ You,” which became the fastest-rising single by a male/female duo in country music history. January 1, 2011 saw the release of their self-titled debut album that features hits, "Keep on Lovin' You", "Just by Being You (Halo and Wings)" and their current single "Last Night Again." To date, they have received over nine country music award nominations and have toured with industry veterans, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton. 

Steel Magnolia will be part of the jam-packed, fan celebration, which is free to fans and includes admission to all of Thursday’s exciting events at the speedway. The festivities will feature qualifying and practice sessions for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New England 125 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hauler parade and much more family entertainment. 

“We are really excited for Steel Magnolia to join us for FanFest and the hauler parade this year during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend,” said Jerry Gappens the speedways executive vice president and general manager. “Events like FanFest show that this weekend is more than just a race, it is about entertaining our fans.”

Seats are still available for all three of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s major events including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race on July 17, the INDYCAR 225 on August 14 and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 25.  To purchase tickets please call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit www.nhms.com.

ABOUT STEEL MAGNOLIA: CMT’s 'Can You Duet' season two winners Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones) captivated America with their dynamic harmonies and musicianship that is one part Country and two parts Southern Soul. After their win, the duo landed a record deal with Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift) and released debut single, “Keep on Lovin’ You.” The song climbed the Billboard Country Songs chart to peak at #4 and became the fastest-rising single by a male/female duo in Country music history. Steel Magnolia’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album was released January 1, 2011 and features hits like, "Keep on Lovin' You," "Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)" and their current single, "Last Night Again."  The duo's National TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Lopez Tonight, CBS Early Show, Better TV and 2010's CMT Music Awards. They have also been featured in such outlets as USA Today, Associated Press, Billboard, People, Country Weekly and The Huffington Post. For more information on Steel Magnolia, visit www.steelmagnoliamusic.com.

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Located approximately one hour north of Boston, in Loudon, N.H., the speedway hosts more than 100,000 spectators at each of its two prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Our NASCAR event weekends draw larger crowds than the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series and the NCAA Final Four events. The facility is active every day from April through October and attracts more than 600,000 guests during the season. For more information on NHMS, please visit us at http://www.nhms.com/.