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Press release: Benefit concert featuring John Rich to be held at Nashville Superspeedway to support the flood relief efforts

Nashville Superspeedway

LEBANON, Tenn. – The June 5, 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway will directly benefit flood relief efforts happening in and around Nashville through a partnership between renowned Warner Bros. recording artist John Rich, Nashville Superspeedway, Nationwide Insurance, Big Machine Records, Gibson Guitar, and Hands On Nashville.

A portion from tickets sold for the June 5 "Federated Auto Parts 300" event will benefit Hands On Nashville, a volunteer agency assisting those affected most by the recent floods in Nashville. Nashville Superspeedway will also collect canned goods to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Fans can drop their canned food items in collection bins located at the outside of the entrance gates to the main grandstands.

Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist and designer of the famed Gibson Les Paul trophy guitar handed out in Victory Lane at Nashville, has designed a special-edition guitar that will be autographed by Bass, John Rich and the winner of the Federated Auto Parts 300 in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the race. The guitar will be auctioned on eBay with all proceeds benefiting Hands On Nashville. Auction information will be available on race weekend on

"We’re proud to partner with John Rich, Nationwide Insurance and Hands on Nashville to support flood relief efforts in Nashville," said Cliff Hawks, vice president & general manager of Nashville Superspeedway. "There’s no doubt that the last few weeks have been a very trying time for the community, and we’re happy to be the host of an event that will boost spirits while supporting a very worthy cause."

"We are proud members of the Music City community and it’s been amazing to see so many of our citizens pulling together to deal with this disaster, but with over $1.5 billion dollars worth of damage, there’s so much left to do", said Scott Borchetta, president & CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group. "All of us at the label group are very proud to be a part of this effort to give back to our city and to the people of Middle Tennessee."

Nationwide Insurance was one of the first members of the NASCAR community to step up to provide assistance to flood victims in Tennessee by providing a $100,000 Nationwide Insurance Foundation grant to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. As the sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Nationwide Insurance will continue its support for the Nashville community by providing additional funding for the John Rich concert and the American Red Cross.

Nationwide Insurance will also sponsor a car wash event at Miles Auto Spa, where they will donate five dollars to American Red Cross disaster relief for every car washed June 1-5 for an additional donation up to $25,000. The car wash will take place at 100 Market Exchange Court in Franklin.

A Saturday, June 5 race ticket includes admission to NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 3:05 p.m., the one-hour John Rich concert at 5 p.m. at the south concert stage near the frontstretch grandstands, a reserved seat for the "Federated Auto Parts 300" at 7 p.m., and a post-race concert with Republic Nashville group Fast Ryde.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway on June 4-5, 2010, followed by the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Aug. 7, 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit