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It was a weekend of rocking and racing as country music hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400.
The excitement and the music began well before any engines were started when Big Machine newcomers Drake White, A Thousand Horses and Lauren Jenkins, along with singer/songwriter Scotty Emerick, set the pace on the Brickfest Music Festival stage during a pre-race concert.
The show shifted into high gear when headliner Brantley Gilbert stepped up to the mic for his high-performance set, which included an appearance from Justin Moore for Brantley’s newest hit single, “Small Town Throwdown.”
As engines started warming up, country music stepped on the gas with Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell, welcoming the drivers with a performance of “America the Beautiful” and Drake White returning to perform the national anthem as the green flag flew.
And when the checkered flag dropped, it was Brad Paisley doppleganger Jeff Gordon who rolled into Victory Lane and collected his Gibson Les Paul Standard trophy guitar.
Unfortunately, rain forced headliners The Band Perry and Justin Moore to cancel their performances on Saturday night at the track.
Congratulations to Jeff and Big Machine Label Group, which is celebrating its fourth year at the Brickyard, on another great race weekend!