Billy Ray Cyrus to Perform Pre-Race Concert at Auto Club 400

FONTANA, Calif. (March 10, 2014) – The multi-GRAMMY nominated, award winning, American singer-songwriter and actor BILLY RAY CYRUS will get race day started in country/rock style at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 23 when he performs a pre-race concert beginning at 10 a.m. on the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone main stage.

Written by CYRUS, “Hope Is Just Ahead”--the uplifting new single featuring GRAMMY-winning legendary vocalist Dionne Warwick--has jumped to #60 with a bullet and is most-added on the A/C Chart at radio. Recorded at Jamie Foxx’s studio in Los Angeles, a portion of the proceeds from “Hope Is Just Ahead” will go to “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign to Stop Violence.” The organization helps create awareness to students on the ground level and prevent violent behavior in schools before it escalates. Click here to watch the “Hope Is Just Ahead” video.

Cyrus’ remake "Achy Breaky Heart Pt. 2," featuring hip hop artist Buck 22 entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 80 and hit No. 11 on Hot Rap Songs last month. CYRUS’ originally topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1992 with the track and 2014 marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of the original song. “Achy Breaky Pt. 2” also debuted at No. 16 on the Streaming Songs chart according to Nielsen/BDS. The YouTube video for “Achy Breaky Pt. 2” has received over 8 million views since mid-February. Click here to watch the "Achy Breaky Heart Pt. 2" video.

CYRUS has sold more than 25 million albums internationally; he has also had three No. 1 hit singles. Over the course of 12 studio albums since 1992, CYRUS has earned nearly 30 chart singles, including 15 Top 40 hits. Cyrus has also received major music awards including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards.

Over the last decade, CYRUS has established himself as a successful musician, actor in TV and film, performing in lead roles such as the title character of the PAX-TV series “Doc” and as Robby Ray Stewart, the father of daughter Miley Cyrus’ fictional character in the smash Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana.” A developer of the hit TV series “Surprise Homecoming” on TLC, CYRUS has multiple TV projects currently in development. In 2013 alone, he released his latest solo album Change My Mind (Blue Cadillac Music), a best-selling memoir Hillbilly Heart and performed on Broadway in Chicago in the beloved role of “Billy Flynn.”

To get your fix of BILLY RAY CYRUS, you must have a ticket to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400, March 23.  And to purchase a ticket, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships Finale weekend in August.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.

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