Craig man to kick off Corral race



Daily Press writer

Local NASCAR fans will likely be watching this Sunday as Craig-born man Collin Stoddard sings the national anthem before the Golden Corral 500 race in Atlanta.

Collin Stoddard is the nephew of Jim Stoddard, who owns Packcenter Shipping on Yampa Avenue. He will be singing with his recently formed trio "33 Miles."

The Christian band has been together for three or four months, said Collin's father, Jeff Stoddard. This will be the group's first time singing before a national audience.

Collin Stoddard was born in Craig and was home-schooled during his time here. He is a sophomore majoring in commercial music at Belmont University in Tennessee, where he is on the dean's list. He has been singing his whole life, his father said.

Thomas Vasquez Enterprises arranged the three-part, a cappella pre-race performance.

The race, which will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, can be seen at 11 a.m. Sunday on Fox. Jim Stoddard said he expected his nephew to perform in front of a crowd of 200,000.

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