The Speedway Star search begins, again. Magic Mile officials announced today that it will begin accepting entries for the fourth annual national anthem singing competition – from all New England area singers – today at 10 a.m.
The Speedway Star competition is held during the FANtasy Drive Open House on Saturday, March 30 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Prospective contestants are asked to submit a DVD, CD, .wav file or .mp3 file of them singing “The Star Spangled Banner” a cappella style (without music or other accompaniments).
Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, March 13 at 5 p.m.
A total of 15 participants will be chosen and invited to take the FANtasy Drive stage in front of local personalities, who will serve as judges for the event – including emcee Mark Ericson from “The Morning Waking Crew with Mark and 2K” on WOKQ. The contestants will be competing for two spots to sing in front of thousands of fans at either the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 on July 13 or the F.W. Webb 100 on Sept. 21.
Previous winners of the Speedway Star competition include Alexandra Wentworth of Rollinsford, N.H., in 2011; and Jillian Marie Cardarelli of Haverhill, Mass., in 2012. Last year, 12-year-old Emma Joanis impressed New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens so much that he invited her back to sing the national anthem at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last July.
The FANtasy Drive Open House will drop the green flag on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway season for the fourth straight year. The free event gives fans VIP access to the facility, including the infield garage area, race control and Chairman of the Board Bruton Smith’s suite. There will also be appearances from drivers of local series, music and entertainment. The speedway’s mascot, Milo the Moose, will host his traditional egg hunt for children.
Fans are also able to take their own cars onto the track for three laps. Anyone that has purchased a 2013 ticket to a NASCAR event at the Magic Mile will have the opportunity to participate in the drive. Fans may also take three additional laps with a $25 donation to Speedway Children's Charities.