Suzanne Ferguson Wins Anthem-Singing Contest


Suzanne Ferguson of Moncks Corner, SC will sing the national anthem prior to the USAC Silver Crown Series race at Darlington Raceway on Thursday evening, May 10.


Ferguson was the winner of a national anthem-singing contest conducted by the Raceway during the month of March. The submissions were narrowed down to three finalists by the track staff.


The top three contestants then attended the Dodge Avenger 500 media day on April 11 and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for visiting driver Kasey Kahne.


Kahne selected the winner. "It was hard to choose," he commented. "They were really good. All three of them were better than what we hear at the track every weekend!"


In addition to Ferguson, the top three finalists included Rocky Yelton from Rutherfordton, NC, and Sara Myers and Erica Wallen, high school freshmen from Pennsylvania.


The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will include practice for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on Thursday, May 10, followed by USAC qualifying and the "Silver Crown Showdown" under the lights. This event will feature open-wheel racing at Darlington for the first time in 51 years.


On Friday, May 11, the day will include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice, and NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series qualifying, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Denny Hamlin is the defending champion.


On Saturday, May 12, Darlington will host Cup

Series racing for the 58th consecutive season as Greg Biffle attempts to join the short list of drivers to win three events in a row at NASCAR's most historic venue. The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety.


Tickets for all events are on sale now. For more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE, or visit


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