Country music recording artist and songwriter Megan Fowler will perform the national anthem this Friday night as Atlanta Motor Speedway opens the 10th season of its summer drag racing series O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags. Fowler, a vocal powerhouse from Taylor County, Georgia, is a two-time Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year and was recently listed by Reverbnation.com as their New Country Artist to Watch.

Following Fowler's rendition, the popular, street-style drag racing series will heat up the pit lane drag strip in first night of the 17-week season.

"As a big race fan, I'm thrilled and honored to sing our national anthem to open Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway," she said.

Born and raised in Taylor County, Fowler discovered her love for singing at age 6 and expanded her talents to include songwriting and playing the guitar through her teenage years. As an emerging star on the country music scene, she has opened for popular acts including Luke Combs, Edwin McCain and Bryan White. Fowler has been featured on "Backyard Country" on 94.9 FM The Bull in Atlanta and even serves as an occasional cohost. Her debut EP, "We've All Got A Song," was released on iTunes in April 2014.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags boasts one of the largest organized grassroots drag racing series in the U.S., with 18 different racing divisions contending in a weekly single-elimination tournament-style competition. Drag racing is open to all participants for an entry fee of $20. Vehicles are required to have a working seat belt, and each driver and passenger must wear a DOT-approved helmet.

The series will run each Friday night through Aug. 26 with the exception of May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Spectator admission is just $8, and children 5 and under are admitted free. Exterior parking is free, and infield parking is available for $20. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m., and drag racing eliminations start just after 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.