The iconic Steven Tyler, with Nashville-based band Loving Mary, is bringing his undeniable swagger and sound to Bristol Motor Speedway for the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race.

“Aerosmith front man, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-award winner—Steven Tyler is not just an American icon, but a worldwide phenomenon,” said Jerry Caldwell, general manager of BMS. “You put him together with the Night Race, one of the top five motorsports events in the world, and the energy in the grandstands will just be amazing.”

Tyler’s appeal crosses generations and genres. With credentials stretching back over five decades, the dynamic performer is now enjoying a new era in his career–a foray into country music. In a journey that he says is a return to roots, he’s moved to Nashville, signed with Big Machine Label Group (home to artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and The Band Perry), and released a new single, “Love is Your Name.” The song is earning chart position, airplay, and even a blessing from Loretta Lynn, who wrote on her Facebook page “Tyler can sing the fire out of anything he wants.”

During the pre-race concert, Tyler will perform his new single, the first from his upcoming solo album with Dot Records. Ticket holders will also be treated to some familiar Aerosmith favorites.

“Steven Tyler’s heard some loud applause throughout his career, but the roar that will go up on race night will be a new experience for everyone involved,” said Caldwell. “Ticket sales are already strong, and having Steven here will help take the Night Race to a whole new level. We have a big Bristol family that includes lots of rockers, lots of country music fans, and we’re all excited to welcome him to the Birthplace of Country Music.”

Voted a Top 5 Motorsports Race in the entire world by the USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards—the only NASCAR event that made the list—the IRWIN Tools Night Race will take place August 22 at the World’s Fastest Half Mile.

IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets, which include the pre-race concert, start at just $74 for single-day tickets, with weekend packages as low as $99. Additionally, a limited number of Steven Tyler SuperPacks are available. These include a pre-race SuperPass (track walk, plus on-track access to the concert and Sprint Cup driver introductions), a Cold Pit Pass (for pre-race access to the Garage area), and select Steven Tyler merchandise. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (855) 580-5525.

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