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.

The song starts off with "Hank Williams sang it, number three drove it," and most of us know that he's referring to the late Dale Earnhardt because three was his race car number.

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.

The song "History in the Making" by Darius Rucker reminds me of Jimmie Johnson because he made history last season by winning four consecutive championships.

Randy Houser's song, "Anything Goes," pretty much describes Kyle Busch.

"Defying Gravity" by Keith Urban makes me think of Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman's bad wrecks at Talladega last year. They went air-borne in separate incidents, with Newman landing upside down.

"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.

"The Man I Want to Be" by Chris Young is what might be going through Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s mind when he sees Johnson in victory lane.

Earnhardt is probably hoping that "My Best Days are Ahead of Me" by Danny Gokey will come to pass.

I wonder if Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray has been going around singing "Better Than I Used to Be" by Sammy Kershaw.

"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.