Country music supergroup Diamond Rio will add to the excitement of Kentucky Speedway's first Labor Day weekend speedfest by enteratining fans on September 4.

The group fronted by lead vocalist, acoustic guitarist and Lebanon, Ohio native Marty Roe also features the talents of bassist and baritone vocalist Dana Williams, of Dayton, Ohio, mandolin player and tenor vocalist Gene Johnson, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout and keyboardist/pianist Dan Truman.

Diamond Rio became the first group in country music history to reach No. 1 on the charts with a debut single in 1991 with "Meet in the Middle." The impressive self-titled introductory collection and the 15 studio releases that followed all achieved gold or platinum sales. Diamond Rio's well-known musical creations have garnered nine No. 1 singles, 13 Grammy nominations, two Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year awards as well as four Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year awards.

Other well-recognized Diamond Rio hits include"Beautiful Mess," "God Only Cries," "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "I Believe," "Imagine That," "In God We Trust," "In a Week or Two," "Love a Little Stronger," "One More Day," "That's What I Get for Loving You," "Unbelievable" and many more.

The group released "The Reason" in September 2009 and the story of the band titled "Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio" is available in bookstores. Visit www.diamondrio.com for more information.

The concert will be part of a doubleheader race day that will begin with the Firestone Indy Lights "Drive Smart. Buckle Up Kentucky 100" and conclude with a 300-mile IZOD IndyCar Series battle that will feature defending Kentucky Speedway race champion Ryan Briscoe along with Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and many more. Last season, Ryan Briscoe took a thrilling 0.0162 of second victory over Ed Carpenter that ranks as the all-time second-closest finish in Kentucky Speedway history and the 12th-closest in IZOD IndyCar Series history.

The weekend will open Friday, Sept. 3, with primetime NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action in the "Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." Defending race champion and Kevin Harvick, Inc., veteran Ron Hornaday, Jr., will attempt to become just the third driver to earn three career Kentucky Speedway victories in the 150-lap tilt. He took a tight 0.135 of a second victory over Mike Skinner last season. It was the second straight and fifth all-time Kentucky Speedway Camping World Truck Series race to be decided by a margin of victory of less than one second.

Tickets , "Big Deals!" specials along with reserved and infield camping can be reserved the tickets pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) and through 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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