MADISON, Ill. — If you can hit a high note in front of a crowd of excited race fans, this contest is for you.
World Wide Technology Raceway is looking for a local amateur vocalist to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at a race next month. Opening ceremonies for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil will begin at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 and the race will begin right after the national anthem.
Those interested in showing off their vocal talent at this race can submit a DVD, video or YouTube link to John Bisci at John.Bisci@wwtraceway.com.
The lyrics of the national anthem have tripped up some professional musicians, so here is a refresher:
"O say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave"
The annual race attracts some of the biggest names in professional drag racing, including NHRA World Champion Antron Brown, who has won WWTR’s Top Fuel Dragster finales five times over six years, according to a news release from WWTR. Defending WWTR NHRA champions include Billy Torrence (Top Fuel Dragster), Shawn Langdon (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Motorcycle). WWTR’s NHRA weekend of speed also will include Pro Mods, Mountain Motor Pro Stocks and Jet Cars.
A limited number of spectators are allowed at this event. Masks are required for those 2 years old and older and there will be social distancing regulations in place.