Monk to sing national anthem at NASCAR race

Jeff Gordon

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.

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