Simpson sings tonight
Country's newest star paid an early visit to Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday.
Jessica Simpson spent about two hours in Concord, shooting a segment for “Entertainment Tonight,” meeting crew chiefs who showed her how to change a tire and talking to Speed TV for the channel's trackside show, according to Speedway spokesman Scott Cooper.
Simpson, who arrived in Charlotte with dog Daisy in tow, will give a 45-minute concert before today's Bank of America 500 and will also sing the national anthem.
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The blonde bombshell is just one of many celebrities arriving in the Charlotte area for the race festivities:
Honorary race director Cindy McCain will attend the drivers' meeting, participate in driver introductions and drop in on a few VIP suites.
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol will serve as grand marshal for the race.
Gary Allan will perform Sunday night at Whisky River to benefit the Dale Jr. Foundation, along with appearances from Kyle Petty and Boo Weekeley.
Cowboy Troy will give a live performance at NV Lounge tonight.
Spears' special to air Nov. 30
If you're wondering what was going through Britney Spears' head during her erratic era, you are not alone – so does she.
“I sit there and I look back and I'm like, ‘I'm a smart person. What the hell was I thinking?'” Spears said in an interview to air on MTV on Nov. 30, two days before the release of her new album. “I've been through a lot in the past two or three years, and there's a lot that people don't know.”
The 90-minute special, “Britney: For The Record,” was executive-produced by Spears' manager Larry Rudolph. It features behind-the-scenes footage of the singer and her talking about her life over the past two years.
She's got a lot to talk about: In that time span, she has gotten divorced, been through a custody battle, gone to rehab, had very public meltdowns and had one memorably bad performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Now on the comeback trail, Spears is releasing her sixth album, “Circus,” on Dec. 2, her 27th birthday.
Spears says she's hoping this TV special will “set the record straight” about her life.
Judge to modify driver's bail terms
A Miami judge has agreed to modify bail conditions on tax charges so Helio Castroneves can race later this month in Australia.
The Brazilian race car driver and 2007 “Dancing With The Stars” champ had been barred from leaving the United States. A judge granted Castroneves' request Friday to travel to Brisbane, Australia so he can drive in the Oct. 26 race. Prosecutors may still appeal that order.
Castroneves was indicted last week on federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges and is free on $10 million bail.
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This day in history Oct. 11
1968: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.