NASCAR Gets Needed Shot of Country
NASHVILLE – At one time, stock car racing and country music went together like biscuits and gravy, but in recent years NASCAR has tended to sop its biscuits in the spicier sauces of rock music.
That’s why traditionalists – both of racing and country music – welcomed the announcement that Gretchen Wilson will be involved in the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Wilson, whose hit song, “Redneck Woman” catapulted her to national fame, will narrate and participate in the opening segments of ESPN’s coverage of the 10-race championship battle.
“I’ve been a racing fan since my uncle ran dirt tracks outside St. Louis,” said Wilson, who lives on a farm in the Nashville suburbs. “He would let me clean the mud out of the wheel wells with a two-by-four. I thought I was part of the pit crew.”
The championship battle, which begins Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway and concludes Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami, could be the most wide-open ever. An old-fashioned stock car showdown appeals to an old-fashioned country girl.
“This has already been an exciting season,” said Wilson, “and I think it’s about to get crazy.”
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