Video: NASCAR executive gets pre-race surprise

Shannon O'Donnell sings the national anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The identity of Friday night’s National Anthem singer was left “TBD” right up until the Xfinity Series race time—for a good reason.

Unbeknownst to NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell, his daughter, Shannon Rose O’Donnell, was scheduled to sing. Steve O’Donnell got the surprise as he was standing in race control. An accomplished singer, Shannon O’Donnell is headed for Belmont University this fall.