Kids, country music a winning combo

Country singer Trent Willmon has been tabbed to sing the national anthem before the Busch race at Bristol Motor Speedway while the children of NASCAR drivers get the honor before the Nextel Cup race.

Updated: August 24, 2007, 6:56 PM ET
ESPN.com

The children of NASCAR drivers will be center stage Saturday night to sing the national anthem before the Nextel Cup Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

One of the most popular groups to sing the anthem in recent years at BMS will return for the Sharpie 500 as Motor Racing Outreach will bring the children of NASCAR drivers before the crowd of nearly 160,000 people.

Country music entertainer Trent Willmon will sing the national anthem before the Food City 250 Busch Series race at Bristol on Friday.

"I've heard so much about the excitement surrounding the races at Bristol Motor Speedway," Willmon said in a release. "This will be my first time attending a NASCAR race and I'm so glad it gets to be the Food City 250."

The Texas native will release his third album, "Broken In," on Jan. 22. The first single from that album, "There Is A God," hit the airwaves earlier this month. Other hit songs by Willmon are "On Again Tonight," "Beer Man," "Dixie Rose Deluxe's," and "Home Sweet Holiday Inn."

Willmon is also the host of CMT's reality show "America's Top Cowboy."