Rocker's anthem rendition at NASCAR race turns heads


A rock band singer spurred a flurry of jokes on social media on Friday night following his decidedly unique take on the national anthem prior to a NASCAR Truck Series race.

The acapella rendition, performed by Benny Scholl of the Seattle-based band Avoid prior to the Camping World Truck Series Buck Up 200 in Las Vegas, featured some notably gravelly and shouty vocals on the higher notes.

The guttural howling seemed distinctly out of place without accompaniment of some kind.

Mercifully, the anthem was not aired on FS1, which broadcast the race, but a clip was found by sleuthing Twitter users.

The band, responding to its apparently accidental viral moment on social media, seemed to enjoy the attention.

"nascar Twitter is f---ing PISSED lmfaoooo," said one tweet.

The group has an ongoing "partnership" with NASCAR, according to its website, and also sponsors NASCAR stock-car racer Joe Graf Jr.

For some, the episode harkened back to Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler's infamous rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2001 Indy 500.

As always, the peanut gallery on social media pulled no punches.

The race was won by John Hunter Nemechek.