On Sunday afternoon, Justin Moore was in the national spotlight.

Rising star to perform Friday

— On Sunday afternoon, Justin Moore was in the national spotlight.

This Friday, he will be performing live in Wayne County.

The rising country music star was on center stage this past Sunday as he performed just before the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That spotlight is international with viewers from around the world tuning in to see one of the biggest races of the year on the stock car circuit.

Moore performed a special concert for race fans at 10 a.m. at the fame Brickyard and then jumped into the national spotlight just after noon when ESPN broadcast a song he performed for the huge crowd which was on hand.

This Friday, area residents will get the chance to see this rising star perform live on stage at the Wayne County Fair.

Moore will be performing in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, to kickoff the 151st annual fair.

Tickets are $30 for track seat reserved and $20 for general admission grandstand. Tickets can be purchased in advance by logging on to waynecountyfair.com.

Up and coming

It has been a nice ascent for Moore in the music industry and now he is breaking out on his own with his first solo tour.

It was an exciting time for Justin as he spent all of 2009 and 2010 touring with the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.

He signed on for the 2011 summer "Flatts Fest Tour" with Rascal Flatts. He finished 2011 with Miranda Lambert and then with Darius Rucker. He started January 2012 touring with Blake Shelton.

His headlining shows have sold out in clubs across the country and his loyal fan base continues to grow at a rapid pace. His music resonates strongly with the blue collar, hard working Americans who break their backs just to earn a buck and never get ahead but wouldn't have it any other way, to paraphrase the lyric from his #1 hit, "Small Town USA."

Justin's sophomore album "Outlaws Like Me" debuted at number one upon its release nationwide on June 21, 2011 and quickly landed him his second Number 1 along with a top 15 and a current single and his first ever love song "Til My Last Day" sitting at number 12 on the charts and headed upwards.

Justin's fans have found his new album filled with songs that stay true his roots, some hard rocking, kick-ass cuts and some that show a slightly softer side, a sign of kind of a musical maturity, so to speak, brought on no doubt by the three greatest joys in his life, his daughter Ella, born in February 2009, his daughter Kennedy born in November 2011, and his beautiful wife Kate.

Justin is currently working on his third studio album is now is his first headlining tour, including this Friday's performance at the Wayne County Fair.