Coker University Student Carrie Oxendine To Sing National Anthem For NASCAR Truck Race On Sunday At Darlington Racewayby Hunter Thomas September 5, 2020 0 comments
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Coker University student Carrie Oxendine will sing the National Anthem on Sunday for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series South Carolina Education Lottery 200.
Oxendine is a 20-year-old native of McColl, South Carolina, and she’s studying Music Education with a Choral concentration at Coker University. She wants to be a high school chorus teacher once she graduates from the university.
Since the entitlement sponsor for the race is the South Carolina Education Lottery, officials contacted the university asking if any Palmetto LIFE Scholarship recipients may qualify to sing the National Anthem.
Oxendine is a Section Leader and Student Director for Coker Singers that was founded in 1908. Students participating in Coker Singers receive college credit. The group is the premier ensemble of Coker University. Oxendine had never been interviewed before, so performing at Darlington Raceway will be the greatest achievement of her singing career.
“They suggested me, and I’m very happy that they did,” Oxendine said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity, and I’m so excited for it.”
Oxendine continued and said, “I am kind of nervous just because I know that my family is going to be listening. Everyone is sharing it on Facebook and stuff. This is kind of the biggest thing that I’ve ever done with my voice. I’m really excited, but I’m also really nervous.”
While this is a huge opportunity to showcase her singing talent, Oxendine also sees this as an opportunity to connect with her father who is a NASCAR fan. He doesn’t have a favorite driver, but enjoys seeing the Ford Performance drivers win.
“My dad loves the race,” Oxendine said. “He loves to watch the race, and I felt like this would be a great opportunity, because my dad doesn’t really like music like that, and I felt like this is a way for me to connect to my family, because he loves the race, and it was a chance that I can bring what I love to do into what he loves to do.”
Brett Moffitt and Sheldon Creed will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday for the first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at the track, Too Tough To Tame since 2011. The 147-lap event is just two races away from the start of the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs for the series.
The South Carolina Education Lottery 200 will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 2 p.m. ET. Tune-in a little ahead of time to make sure that you don’t miss Oxendine’s performance.
Photo Credit: Harleigh Oxendine