Monk to sing national anthem at Kansas NASCAR race

Driver Carl Edwards adjusts his gloves before practice, Friday, May 9, 2014, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Driver Carl Edwards adjusts his gloves before practice, Friday, May 9, 2014, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Benedictine monk from northeast Kansas will be in the national spotlight when he sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a NASCAR race Saturday night.

KAIR-AM reports (http://bit.ly/1nptlBy ) Father Meinrad Miller caught the attention of Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren after singing the national anthem for a military ball.

Warren contacted Miller a few days later, and the monk will perform ahead of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup 5-Hour Energy 400 at the track in Kansas City, Kansas.

Miller lives at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison and teaches theology at Benedictine College. He says he’s a bit nervous about singing before more than 75,000 spectators and a national TV audience, but is looking forward to the opportunity.

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Information from: KAIR-AM.

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