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NASCAR Drivers Select Songs for Introductions

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If you wanted to be linked to a song that everyone knew, what would it be?  Do you have a favorite that immediately comes to mind?  Or do you need some time to think about it?  Well, the NASCAR drivers racing this weekend in the Jeff Byrd 500 Presented By Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway had to make a choice so that they could be introduced with a song.  Here are some of the drivers and their songs.

Kasey Kahne – A County Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams, Jr.

Jeff Gordon – I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

Kevin Harvick – Back In Black by AC/DC

Ryan Newman – Good Ol’ Boys by Waylon Jennings

Bobby Labonte – God Blessed Texas by Little Texas

Tony Stewart – Bawataba by Kid Rock

Jamie McMurray – Burn It To The Ground by Nickelback

Several of the drivers have yet to reveal their picks but for those who already have, the connection between driver and the song selected is obvious in some cases.  For example, Texas native Bobby Labonte picked “God Blessed Texas”.  Similarly, Ohio native Dave Blaney known as the “Buckeye Bullet” picked the Ohio State University fight song.  Kevin Harvick’s team has new sponsorship this season and a new black color scheme for their race car and so it makes sense for him to pick “Back In Black”.  Also, “Fuel” and “Welcome To The Jungle” are not exactly surprising choices from drivers Marcos Ambrose and Jeff Burton when you think about it.

We have to wait to see what Dale Earnhardt, Jr. chooses as he has not announced his selection, but the song Carl Edwards picked would fit Junior just as well.  Edwards set fast time in qualifying so he will start on the pole for Sunday’s race, and he will be introduced with the song ”Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, the theme from the old TV show Cheers.  Not exactly a rockin’ tune, but one Edwards certainly hopes is or will soon be true.

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