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NASCAR: Jessie James Decker to Sing National Anthem Ahead of Sunday’s Race at Las Vegas

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ACM

Country music singer Jessie James Decker is officially slated to sing the national anthem before Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The wife of former NFL wide receiver Eric Decker will open things up on Sunday at the Pennzoil 400. After her performance, the 267-lap race will get underway.

The official Twitter page of NASCAR on Fox posted the announcement video on Monday night. They added a caption saying, “@JessieJDecker will be singing the national anthem before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!”

“Hey y’all it’s Jessie James Decker and I am so excited to announce that I will be singing the national anthem for NASCAR’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on March 7th,” Decker says in the video. “I’ll see you there!”

The NASCAR Cup Series race is set to start on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, coverage of the race will air on Fox Sports 1 Raceday beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

It seems like NASCAR fans are just as excited as we are about Jessie James Decker’s upcoming performance. One user on Twitter responded to the NASCAR on Fox video saying, “Hell Ya.” Another fan chimed in saying, “I will be there 😆😆.”

Thunderbirds to Fly Over Sunday’s NASCAR Race

As if the news of Jessie James Decker singing the national anthem wasn’t enough for us, we found out that her performance will be accompanied by a military flyover.

Before the green flag falls for the start of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will make a flyover during Decker’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“We’re honored to have the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the sky during the Pennzoil 400 pre-race ceremonies,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway president Chris Powell said. “For both our fans in the stands as well as those tuning in from home, the sight of the Thunderbirds flying above the speedway will get us ready for the excitement of NASCAR racing.”

Thankfully, the Thunderbirds won’t have far to travel to put on a show for NASCAR fans. Their home is at Nellis Air Force Base, and the hangar is very close to the speedway.

And the USAF Thunderbirds are not a stranger to performing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Created 68 years ago in 1953, they are the third-oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world and have performed more than 4,000 airshows worldwide. That includes more than a dozen performances at LVMS.