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.
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.