Charleston, South Carolina resident and self-proclaimed "NASCAR fanatic" Eddie Bush will sing the national anthem prior to the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Busch Series race on Friday evening, May 12 at Darlington Raceway.
Bush began playing the guitar at age four, had formed his first band before entering junior high school, and was playing club dates as lead guitarist and singer with his own original bands by age 16.
Bush, who received a standing ovation from fans following his performance of "God Bless America" prior to the 2005 Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington, first achieved national recognition in 2001 with his original song, "Spirit of America," written one week after the tragedy of 9/11. An acquaintance working for the Clear Channel radio group in Charleston asked him for a recording of the song, and soon it was being played hourly on every Clear Channel radio station in the city. The song eventually got airplay in markets all over the country.
Based on the success of "Spirit of America," Charleston's local police asked Bush to write a song for them. He was invited to perform that song, "The Thin Blue Line," at the National Peace Officers Memorial in Washington, DC in front of President Bush and 30,000 police officers. "That was a big deal for me," says Bush. "It got me on Fox and Friends, which was great because it was my first serious national exposure."
In 2004, Bush signed a deal with Tone-Box Records in Nashville to release his debut album, Eddie Bush. For more information, visit www.eddiebush.com.
The Dodge Charger 500 weekend also includes final practice for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series on Friday, May 12, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 that evening. Matt Kenseth won the event in 2005.
On Saturday, May 13, Darlington Raceway will host Cup Series racing for the 57th consecutive year. The Dodge Charger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety. Greg Biffle is the defending champion.
For tickets or more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or visit www.racetickets.com.