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13 November 2013
Toby Keith Grand Marshal for Ford Ecoboost 400


Keith will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers start your engines," to commence the 15th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in South Florida and the 12th consecutive championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Toby Keith is an American icon and, like Homestead-Miami Speedway, he has a great partnership with Ford," said Becherer. "He is the perfect individual to officially start the Ford EcoBoost 400. We'll have live music before the race from Miami's own DJ Irie and country music recording artist Dierks Bentley. And then Toby will keep the excitement going by giving the command for drivers to start their engines and begin 267 laps of championship racing."

Keith released his 17th studio album "Drinks After Work" on October 29th, 2013. One of the most prolific songwriters and touring artists, Keith has performed many concerts in the Middle East for the U.S. armed forces. The Oklahoma native has 32 number one song singles to his credit.

For more information about Ford EcoBoost 400 tickets and other entertainment during Ford Championship Weekend, please visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com, or call 305.230.5255.

About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 650-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and will host NASCAR's championship races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 15-17, 2013) for the 12th consecutive year. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 175 countries in 24 languages. Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course, generates more than $ 250 million annually for the region.

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be crowned Sunday, November 17. The Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner will receive a custom Bay Boat built by industry icon Contender, a Homestead-based company.

About Toby Keith
From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his latest release Drinks After Work, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy's Tavern, the lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 22 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs. His latest single, "Shut Up And Hold On," hails from his current offering.

At the core of Toby's unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 80 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards' Artist of the Decade. His albums have sold more than 37 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade.

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