Kentucky Speedway will deepen its long-standing connection with country music by presenting Sawyer Brown in concert on "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" race day.

Vocalist Mark Miller founded Sawyer Brown with keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, bassist Jim Schloten, drummer Joe Smyth and guitarist Bobby Randall in 1983. The quartet launched its 23-year and counting hit-making run by winning that year's "Star Search" competition and began recording soon-to-be country favorites in 1984. Randall left the group in 1991 and Duncan Cameron filled the spot until his 2004 departure brought current guitarist Shayne Hill to the lineup.

Sawyer Brown's musical arsenal includes No. 1 singles "Some Girls Do," "Step by Step" and "Thank God for You" in addition to the popular "All These Years," "Café on the Corner," "I Don't Believe in Goodbye," "Six Days on the Road," "The Dirt Road," "The Race is On," "The Walk," "They Don't Understand," "This Time," "Trouble on the Line" and more. The group's legacy will continue in the coming months when it releases its 22nd collection titled "Travelin' Band."

The platinum-record-selling entertainers will bring their tried-and-true energetic approach to their race day performance.

"We come out with the notion we're here to entertain people, to make sure everybody has a good time. You'll be looking at a bunch of blue collar people who really love being on stage and were raised to put the work in to make sure the people are satisfied. Somebody once told me, `If you can't have fun at a Sawyer Brown show, you can't have fun.' I don't know, but it would sure be nice if it were true," Miller said.

Help Sawyer Brown light the fuse on its June 12 show at 6:00 p.m., on the Turn 1 Concourse stage then stand back and watch the sparks fly.

The 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series event in Kentucky Speedway history will feature two-time "Meijer 300 presented by Ritz" champ and Joe Gibbs Racing young gun Joey Logano battling Roush Fenway Racing star Carl Edwards, hard-nosed Penske Racing competitor Brad Keselowski and more NASCAR stars for 300 miles on the speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval track.

Race tickets, "Big Deals" ticket specials along with infield and reserved camping can be reserved through the tickets and RV & Camping pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-7223 (RACE) and by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100 near the Montgomery Inn restaurant or the track Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N in Sparta, Ky.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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