The American rock band 38 Special led by Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant will kick start the SYLVAINA 300 with a concert during pre-race activities on September 19 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The band was formed in 1975 and throughout the years has sold more than 15 million albums, but still plays a rigorous touring schedule with more than 100 shows per year. The thousands of audience members who attend 38 Special shows are still amazed at the power and strength of the band’s performance ability.

“When we come out people are like, ‘Whoa!’ It’s like a freight train rolling over them,” said vocalist/guitarist Don Barnes on the bands live shows. 

The band has also written songs for numerous movie soundtracks including; Super Troopers and have contributed to country legend Hank William’s, Jr. Tribute disc in 1999.  More recently, southern rock and country collide when 38 Special and Trace Adkins came together for an unforgettable live taping on CMT Crossroads in 2008. Other hits include; “Hold on Loosely,” “Second Chance,” and “Caught Up in You.”  

Joining the pre-race festivities and singing the National Anthem will be 11 year old Albany, N.Y. native Anthony Gargiula.   

Gargiula is quickly becoming a real talent and YouTube sensation amongst the young recording artists today. Fans can see more of young Anthony by visiting his web site at     

Get your pre-race pit passes for front row action to the pre-race concert at the SLVANIA 300; purchase them by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting our website at Great seats are also still available for the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”