Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Madison Rising To Perform Anthem At Daytona Nationwide Race

Madison Rising, a patriotic, guitar-heavy band, will sing the National Anthem for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Daytona International Speedway. 

“Madison Rising’s modern take on the National Anthem is remarkable and we are excited to have them perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the DRIVE4COPD 300,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Their popular rendition is energetic, yet true to the original version, something the fans in attendance and at home will enjoy.” 

Madison Rising is fronted by lead vocalist Dave Bray, a U.S. Navy veteran who served as an 8404 FMF Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines stationed out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. Drummer Sam Fishman and bassist Steve Padelski make up the rest of the New Jersey-based band. 

Founded on the principles of independence, personal responsibility and liberty, the band brings American-rock back to popular culture with their passionate performances. Madison Rising’s self-titled debut album was released in October 2011 landing them spots in the top 100 best-selling rock albums on iTunes. Their rendition of the National Anthem became a YouTube sensation in 2012 with more than 5 million views.   

Most recently, their long-awaited second album was released in November 2013 titled “American Hero,” which is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces, police, firefighters and first responders.  The album contains 10 songs, including their popular rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 

Tickets for the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, Feb. 22 as well as other Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


  1. g55rumpy3:49 PM

    best are little kids and someone in the military to sing the anthem

  2. Geosez10:59 AM

    ABSOLUTELY, g55rumpy!! I hate these "interpretations" of the anthem -- especially the ones that are so slow -- feel bad for the track personnel trying to coordinate with the fly-overs! It's not a dirge (funeral song), it's a fighting song. My idea is to have local high school bands come in to play, encourage the crowd to sing along (words on the jumbotron), then give the kids free seats for the race thereby creating new fans!

  3. Anonymous9:52 PM

    a patriotic, guitar-heavy band, Founded on the principles of independence, personal responsibility and liberty.

    Really that's where NASCAR wants to be?

  4. Anonymous1:17 PM

    What A Joke. You butchered our wonderful anthem. Amazing what these performers think they can do to our national anthem.