LEBANON, Tenn. — Award-winning artist HARDY will serve as grand marshal for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race June 30 at Nashville Superspeedway. 

The five-time ACM award winner and two-time CMA award winner is set to give NASCAR’s Cup Series drivers the command to start their engines before the 2:30 p.m. CT race in front of a live national audience on NBC.

“HARDY’s presence at the Ally 400 as our grand marshal perfectly embodies the dynamic energy and diverse talent that Music City is known for,” said Matt Greci, general manager of Nashville Superspeedway. “We are honored to have such an acclaimed artist, who has made significant contributions to country and rock music, join us for this exciting event. His command to start engines will undoubtedly set the stage for an unforgettable race day.”

Big Loud Records/Big Loud Rock heavy hitter HARDY — crowned “Nashville’s nü-metal king” by the Los Angeles Times — is set to release his first ever full album embrace of his rock sound with Quit!!, out July 12. Singles “ROCKSTAR” and “SIX FEET UNDER (Caleigh’s Song)” are currently climbing rock and country radio lists, respectively.

HARDY soared to new heights in 2023 with the release of his critically acclaimed half-country, half-rock sophomore album the mockingbird & THE CROW, adding to 4.6 billion career streams. The 17-track effort debuted top five all-genre on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and topped seven additional Billboard charts in its first week, including Top Country Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Album Sales.

The pride of Philadelphia, Mississippi, has earned his reputation as “a promising purveyor of keeping the spirit of classic heavy Southern rock alive” (American Songwriter), “capable of writing the big hits for radio, obstinate enough to do something completely unexpected, and savvy enough to find the throughline for it all” (Rolling Stone).

HARDY has written 15 No. 1 singles, including his own double platinum chart topper “ONE BEER” featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, the platinum Dierks Bentley and BRELAND collaboration “Beers on Me,” game-changing 2X platinum duet “Wait in the Truck” featuring Lainey Wilson and first-ever rock radio No. 1 “JACK.”

He has also won three CMA Triple Play awards, was named the 2022 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year and is a three-time AIMP Songwriter of the Year. He's toured with Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell and more.

Previous Ally 400 grand marshals include Old Dominion (2023), Kane Brown (2022) and Luke Combs (2021).

Fans can rub shoulders with HARDY during the June 30 Ally 400 by purchasing a pre-race track pass. The pre-race track pass includes stage front access to the Ally 400 pre-race concert featuring Tim Dugger and pre-race driver appearances featuring Erik Jones, Todd Gilliland, AJ Allmendinger and Kyle Larson. Fans will also have access to the infield Turn 4 Viewing Experience and driver Introductions.

-- NashvilleSuperspeedway.com --

Race Schedule and Tickets
Nashville Superspeedway’s 2024 race schedule includes: 
Friday, June 28
Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race
7 p.m. CT, FS2, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 

Saturday, June 29
Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
4 p.m. CT, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 

Sunday, June 30
Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race
2:30 p.m. CT, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 

Sunday, Sept. 15
NTT IndyCar Series Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
2 p.m. CT, NBC, Peacock, INDYCAR Live, SiriusXM 

Call 866.RACE.TIX to discuss your options with an account representative, or visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com. Tickets for children ages 12 and younger (with a paying adult) are free for the NASCAR races on Friday and Saturday and are only $10 for Sunday.

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About Nashville Superspeedway
Nashville Superspeedway, Middle Tennessee’s racing jewel, is a year-round family-friendly destination in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. The 1.33-mile D-shaped track with 14 degrees of banking has hosted three NASCAR Cup Series races, 24 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, 16 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events and eight INDYCAR SERIES contests. The largest concrete-only track in NASCAR, Nashville Superspeedway is owned by Speedway Motorsports.