Fans will be treated to a post-race concert by Jason Sturgeon, an emerging country star from Indiana, following the races on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Sturgeon's current popular video, “Time Bomb” features footage of former Knoxville Nationals Champion Steve Kinser, on and off a dirt track.
“I've watched him throughout the years,” Sturgeon said in an interview with the Journal-Express. Sturgeon said he thought of Kinser as he was writing the song. In the margins of his music, he could also see the video of Kinser's car sliding along the corners of a dirt track. The video, shot at a track in Evansville, Ind., shows just that.
“I just kept seeing Steve,” Sturgeon said.
Sturgeon grew up in Evansville. His early country influences included Kenny Rogers and Alabama. At the same time, Sturgeon said he enjoys Godsmack, Metallica and other rock bands.
“I'm a music fan,” Sturgeon said. “All those things live together in my CD player.”
Music was not the only thing he loved growing up. He also grew fond of racing, and riding horses. There were times when the horse competitions kept him from enjoying weekend races, but he always found a way to follow the action.
“It seems like I've been on the road since I was 13,” Sturgeon said. With his new, full-time country music gig, he's on the road for 200 days a year. This will actually be his first opportunity to catch a race at the Knoxville Raceway.
“I may get to see two nights of racing at Knoxville,” Sturgeon said. “I'm really, really looking forward to it.”
Sturgeon's first appearance on this trip will be at the Bass Pro Shop in Altoona, where Tony Stewart Racing will unveil the car Kinser will drive at the Nationals. The event is billed as a VIP event, open to those with Nationals tickets, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 3-5 p.m. Sturgeon will perform after the first night of Nationals racing the next day.
“This is a pairing of country music and racing,” Sturgeon said. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with the World of Outlaws and encourages everyone to get their racing while they can.
Sturgeon promises a “full-throttle show” for his performance.
“It's going to be a fun time,” Sturgeon said.