CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Motor Speedway has dumped country music star Billy Currington as the headliner for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race next month, after he was charged with making terroristic threats.
Currington reportedly chased a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek and threatening to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The boat captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, and his two passengers told police Currington was holding a camera when he became outraged and made the threats April 15 after they passed him on the dock of a $3.5 million waterfront home near Tybee Island.
Ferrelle told police that Currington later got into his own boat and chased them.
Currington, 39, turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the county jail, where he was booked on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. Currington was free Thursday night after posting $27,700 bond.
On Friday, officials from the Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that Currington, who was slated to headline the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 18, would be replaced.
"Due to Currington's recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Josh Turner is a native of the Carolinas with six No. 1 hits to his credit, and we know he'll put on a fantastic show for our fans and sponsors on race weekend."
Turner will perform a 90-minute concert in the infield between Turns 1 and 2.