Slayer will finally have a race car that matches the furious pace of their legendary speed metal attack. The band, in the midst of their final world tour, have partnered with Rick Ware Racing as the primary sponsors of the #54 entry at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on 17 August, with veteran driver J.J Yeley behind the wheel of a Chevrolet.
“It’s exciting and awesome that Rick and the boys are wearing the Slayer banner making us a part of NASCAR history!” said Slayer bassist/singer Tom Araya in a statement, with guitarist Kerry King adding, “NASCAR racing and Slayer have a lot in common. Both are extremely fast, intense and aggressive. I can think of nothing more rad than seeing the Slayer logo on Rick’s car with JJ behind the wheel in Bristol. I’m sure Disciples of everyone involved will be completely stoked on the bond between these two fierce entities.”
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) August 9, 2019
Driver Yeley was equally psyched to get behind the wheel of the all-black Camaro at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race event. “I am super pumped to have the legendary metal band Slayer on my Rick Ware Racing No. 54 Chevrolet for one of the greatest races of the year, The Bristol night race!” he said. “Being able to showcase the legacy that Slayer has created over the past 40 years is a true honor.”
Slayer recently announced new dates for the final leg of their 18-month The Final Campaign tour, which will kick off on 2 November in North Carolina and run through to 30 November with the second of two nights at The Forum in Los Angeles.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, last month Megadeth announced a partnership with NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Tyler Reddick, which saw the driver take to the track in a Vic Rattlehead-branded Chevrolet Camaro.