KCK native Stonestreet to be grand marshal of Hollywood Casino 400

Eric Stonestreet, award-winning actor, KCK native and Piper High School graduate, will be the grand marshal of the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Stonestreet is well known for his acting role as Cameron on the television sitcom, “Modern Family,” and won two Emmy awards for his efforts. His next project is “Domino Masters,” a Fox series about domino toppling.

Stonestreet is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he acted in theater productions.

Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 24. A pre-race concert by Mitchell Tenpenny will be at 12:15 p.m.

Saturday’s racing at Kansas Speedway includes the NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m., followed by the ARCA Menards Reese’s 150 at 6 p.m. For more information, see https://www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Country music artist Tenpenny to perform Sunday at Kansas Speedway

Country music star Mitchell Tenpenny will cross Kansas Speedway off his ‘bucket list’ on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The multiplatinum-selling recording artist, whose hits include “Drunk Me,” “To Us it Did” and current smash “Truth About You,” will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Admission to the concert is free to Hollywood Casino 400 ticket holders and will rev up race fans for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8.

This will also mark the first pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway since Casey Donahew performed prior to the 2019 Hollywood Casino 400.

“It’s so good to have live music back at Kansas Speedway, and I know Mitchell Tenpenny will deliver an unforgettable performance our fans will enjoy,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren, in a news release. “With our grandstands open to full capacity and the great racing our track consistently delivers, a concert of this caliber just amplifies the quality experience our fans deserve.”

Since the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me,” Mitchell has set new standards for breakout success in country music. The 2X Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit that has amassed over 500 million on-demand streams was taken from his introductory 2018 album, Telling All My Secrets, and earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP.

Since that time, the “winning” singer (the New York Times) was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards and saw his “Alcohol You Later” and “Anything She Says” singles certified gold.

“I grew up watching NASCAR and got my bucket list opportunity to drive one earlier this year,” Mitchell said. “I am so stoked for this concert. My fans are NASCAR fans. It will be a great day!”

As for the state of Kansas, Mitchell Tenpenny’s concert spices up an already power-packed weekend of racing at the 1.5-mile track. On Saturday, Oct. 23, fans will be treated to a racing doubleheader, beginning with the Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m., the second race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. At 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series championship will be decided in the Reese’s 150.

And then on Sunday, following Mitchell Tenpenny’s performance, the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series will vie for the checkered flag in the Hollywood Casino 400 at 2 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets for both days of action now by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Next year’s NASCAR races include two at Kansas Speedway

The schedule for next year’s NASCAR races has been announced, and it includes two at Kansas Speedway, one on Sunday, May 15, and one on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The Sept. 11 race, the Hollywood Casino 400, will be the second in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and the next to last race in the Round of 16.

“Kansas Speedway is one of the most challenging tracks for NASCAR’s greatest drivers, which continues to make it a fan favorite on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren, in a news release. “And continuing to hold a prestigious slot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs just adds to the intensity our fans enjoy at our track.”

In five weeks, on Oct. 24, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the host of the Hollywood Casino 400. Before the 2 p.m. race, there will be a pre-race concert by musician Mitchell Tenpenny.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, will be two races, including the Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m., an Xfinity Series Playoffs Round of 8 race, and at 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series championship. The ARCA championship will be at the Reese’s 150.

Tickets are available at www.kansasspeedway.com.