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Two American heroes were honored during a patriotic ceremony at the Daytona 500 Sunday when Rodney Atkins unveiled United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Matthew Hansen as the grand-prize winner of the annual “Your Name Here” 400 program. The April 30th race at Richmond International Raceway has now been officially named the “Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.” Why two names? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will not only recognize Matthew, but also his identical twin brother and fellow Marine, Daniel, who was killed in action Feb. 14th, 2009.
Blake Shelton says he and Miranda Lambert haven’t had time to figure out where to go on their honeymoon in May. Blake says, "I'm not lying, we still don't know what we're going to do," he admits. "We can't decide. We haven't made any plans." The only other thing he had a hand in for the upcoming wedding was finding someone to play at the reception. Blake chose Neal McCoy, which he calls 'a no-brainer.'
How does Kenny Chesney feel about going back on tour after a year off being on the road? He is chomping at the bit. When asked about next month’s return to the stage, Kenny said he’s ready to renew his “love affair” with his fans, "I've missed the energy. I've missed the excitement. I've missed the anticipation of the first note every night. I've missed that.” He’ll feel it again in one month in West Palm Beach. Tickets to the April 13th Wichita “Goin Coastal” concert are still available at www.selectaseat.com.
SARA EVANS has re-launched her website at www.SaraEvans.com just as her new album, “Stronger,” is about to be released. Now, when you join Sara’s fan club and pre-order her new CD, $1 of every package sold going to the AMERICAN RED CROSS. Click here to see the offers.
Lionel Ritchie is going country. Before you roll your eyes, you might be interested to know that Lionel has the backing of a few country music heavy hitters. The album will be made up of duets with country artists redoing some of Lionel’s and The Commodores big hits.. So far done he has done "Sail On" with Tim McGraw, , "You Are" with Blake Shelton, "Deep River Woman" with Little Big Town, and "Stuck on You" with Darius Rucker. Word is that Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band are planning on doing duets with Lionel for the album. It should be ready for release this summer.
The Band Perry is daring other dog lovers to come up with a good dare of their own for Purina Dog Chow’s new contest. Part of The Band Perry Dog Chow campaign is a contest that dares dog owners to issue double dog dare at www.daredogchow.com If you ever thought, 'I wish Dog Chow would ...' here's your opportunity to see if your idea will come to life." Purina Dog Chow will execute three dares - awarding each of the three Grand Prize Winners $5,000 and a year's supply of Purina Dog Chow dog food.
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