Kevin Dedmon of Dirty Grass Soul /

Country Music Artist Kevin Dedmon & Moonhead Part of Tar Heel 250 Pre-Race Line-Up

Chase Elliott, William Byron and the remainder of the ASA STARS National Tour drivers are not the only ones with a spotlight thrust upon them during Thursday’s (May 25) Tar Heel 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. A pair of celebrities will also be making an appearance during pre-race ceremonies to kickoff “Thursday Thunder in the Foothills.”

Country / Southern Rock music artist Kevin Dedmon, of Dirty Grass Soul, will be at Hickory Motor Speedway on Thursday. Dedmon will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the Tar Heel 250, and that is fitting since Dirty Grass Soul hails from the foothills of Cleveland County in nearby Shelby, NC.

Dedmon and Dirty Grass Soul have been entertaining audiences across the Carolinas and beyond since their formation in 2011. With a sound that draws much influence from traditional music of their North Carolina foothills, Dedmon and Dirty Grass Soul manage to bring a new, refreshed sound to their music that falls somewhere between the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker band. Their music can be found on most major music-provider platforms.

And if the event needed any more energy, it got it with the local celebrity that will be giving the command before the start of the ASA STARS National Tour event. Better known as Moonhead, Travis Brown will bring his unmatched energy to get the party started for 250 laps of pavement Super Late Model Racing. A local racer himself in the Carolina region, Moonhead is a social media sensation with fun, yet edgy, video vignettes characterizing the racing lifestyle, both on the track and off. Brown is also popular within the broadcasting of iRacing events.

The Tar Heel 250 is also a co-sanctioned event with the ASA Southern Super Series and will feature Hickory Motor Speedway’s Limited Late Model division in the Carolina Blue 50.

Advance discount ticket sales for the Tar Heel 250, Thursday Thunder in the Foothills, at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 25 are available now by clicking here.

For all you need to know, including a full schedule for the event, please visit the event page on the ASA STARS National Tour website.

For more information regarding the Southern Super Series, visit the series website at Follow us on Facebook at Southern Super Series, on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries, and on Instagram at @officialsouthernsuperseries.

For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).

ASA STARS National Tour
The ASA STARS National Tour debuted in March of 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced last October, many of the best drivers in America will compete in the ten-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000.

The ASA STARS National Tour is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.

The Team Construction Winner’s Circle program has been announced as a part of the ASA STARS National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance. The program provides additional financial incentives to those teams who support the Series, thanks to Team Construction.

Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour. It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.