Griffin Waltmire
Griffin Waltmire

CONVOY – For Crestview graduate Griffin Waltmire, it’s like a dream come true. Waltmire has been asked to sing the National Anthem this Friday night at the Xfinity NASCAR race at the Kentucky Motor Speedway.

The event will be televised on NBC-SN on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Waltmire attends Bowling Green State University and is working at Federal Mogul for the summer.

Waltmire is the son of Ron and Tina Waltmire.

Waltmire said that the beginning of his trip into singing solos, and the illustrious race performance, started under the skilled leadership of Crestview music teach Danielle Hancock.

“She (Hancock) worked with me and taught me how to sing solos,” said Waltmire.

While he was in high school, Waltmire performed with the show choir, Knight Vision. At Bowling Green State University, where he is currently attending college, Waltmire is a part of the Bowling Green State University Show Choir. His major at Bowling Green is science education.

Waltmire said that he has attended races with friends several times at the famous Kentucky speedway. When he reached out to put in a request to sing the National Anthem, they asked him for some type of video and he sent a taping of singing the National Anthem at a Bowling Green State University hockey game.

“I received an answer a week later and they told me they had an opening for me,” said Waltmire. “I said, ‘I can’t pass this up.’”

“At first I couldn’t believe it and that it was going to be broadcast over NBC-SN TV,” said Waltmire. “I was really excited. It was one of my dreams come true. I love to sing; I knew that this was a big opportunity.”

Waltmire said that he is to arrive early on Friday and pick up his credentials. Prior to the performance, he has the opportunity to wait backstage and visit with several of the drivers.

“I am doing this because I want to honor NASCAR with pride in America,” said Waltmire, a 2017 graduate of Crestview. “This means even more to me since we are coming off of Independence Week.”

“Performing solos is one of my hobbies at area churches and other events around the community,” continued Waltmire. “I can give feedback and the audience can give feedback. I love to perform.”

In August, Waltmire will be directing the summer musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Van Wert Civic Theatre.

He will be returning to Bowling Green for the fall semester.