Music and NASCAR go hand in hand
Published 5:49 pm, Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Have you ever noticed that, before a NASCAR race, there is always a pre-race concert?
Performers come from different genres of music, anything from pop to country and everything in between.
That got me thinking about song titles and how they could be connected to racing and/or drivers.
In Daytona this February, Tim McGraw provided the pre-race entertainment before the 500, and he did not let the fans down. The last song he sang was "Southern Voices," the same name as his new CD.
At the end of the song, he sings "Daytona Beach that's what gets to me, I can feel it in my bones."
You really can feel it. I've been there.
After Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash at Daytona in February 2001, Garth Brooks was asked to perform his song "The Dance" at the memorial service.
Ever since that day, when I hear that song, I can't help but think of Dale with a tear in my eye.
Another great song is "Fast Cars and Freedom" by Rascal Flatts. For me, the title says it all.
"Long Line of Losers" by Montgomery Gentry makes me think of any driver not in the top 12 in points.
NASCAR wants to see races end under green flag conditions, so this year there will be three attempts at a green, white, checkered finish. To me, that says NASCAR is going "The Extra Mile," sung by Emerson Drive.
"Cheater Cheater" by Kingbilly is what Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, has been accused of several times in the past.
Earnhardt is probably hoping that "My Best Days are Ahead of Me" by Danny Gokey will come to pass.
"The Final Count Down" by the rock band Europe will lead to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the next Sprint Cup series race.