Mercury Records recording artist Mark Wills will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the Oct. 26 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

¿It¿s always an honor to get the sing the national anthem because it¿s our country¿s song,¿ Wills said. ¿But singing it at Atlanta Motor Speedway is especially an honor because I get to sing in my own backyard and in front of more than 100,000 people with as much interest in racing that I have.¿

Wills will be reprising his role as anthem singer; he also performed ¿The Star Spangled Banner¿ prior to the 1999 fall race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Wills¿ most recent chart-topper, ¿19 Something¿ topped the singles charts for seven weeks and set a record for most plays for one song during a single week.

Best known for his country hits ¿Jacob¿s Ladder,¿ ¿I Do (Cherish You),¿ ¿Don¿t Laugh At Me¿ and ¿Wish You Were Here,¿ Wills and his band will be playing at Anderson Music Hall in Hiawassee, Ga., on Oct. 25.

The 30-year-old singer and his wife Kelly are the parents of two daughters, Mally Ann and Macy Marie. The family now resides in Kennesaw, Ga.

Wills, the 1999 Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist, plans to release a new album titled ¿And the Crowd Goes Wild¿ in October.

AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST TO SING OCT. 25: Virginia native and American Idol 2 finalist Alden Wynn will perform ¿The Star Spangled Banner¿ for the Oct. 25 Aaron¿s 312 Busch Series race.

Wynn, 25, is best known as the ¿buff, blond party boy¿ who was cast away from American Idol despite a rousing rendition of Edwin McCain¿s ¿I¿ll Be.¿

Selected at the same Nashville audition as winner Ruben Stoddard, 28 million viewers saw Wynn make his musical debut on American Idol 2.

Wynn also sang the national anthem at a Washington Wizards NBA game last season. He is currently in the studio working on his first album.