BMS Continues Tradition Of Driver's Selecting Pre-Race Intro Songs
Bristol Motor Speedway is a venue like no other and each year NASCAR's stars march to their own beat into the Last Great Colosseum during what has become the most popular driver introductions on the circuit.
The March 2014 Food City 500 introductions featured an eclectic mix of song ranging from country staples like Kurt Busch's selection of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and David Gilliland's "Stroker's Theme" by the Charlie Daniels Band to classic rock favorites like Motley CrÃ¼e's "Kickstart My Heart" which provides the background for Carl Edward's walk and Tony Stewart's pick of Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle Again."
Saturday's Nationwide winner Kyle Busch starts his Sunday campaign to the tune of Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us" while other Cup regulars pulling double duty on the weekend chose tracks such as "Guitars, Gangsters and Cadillac Blood" by Volbeat for Matt Kenseth and Pharrell's aptly named "Happy" for Kevin Harvick.
Rookie-of-the-year candidates also infused variety into the Food City 500 pre-race choices with Alex Bowman selecting One Republic's "Counting Stars," Kyle Larson's choice of Led Zeplin's "Kashmir" and Austin Dillon walks across the stage to a DJ Silver-mixed rendition of Kid Rock's "Cowboy."
Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. utilized his newly activated Twitter account and allowed fans to select his introduction song, landing on "Man of Action" by the Matthew Good Band while other like Clint Bowyer picked Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," and Danica Patrick enters to the Ke$ha and Pitbull version of "Timber."
The day's final intro song belongs to polesitter Denny Hamlin whose legendary intros have included viral hits like "Teach Me How Dougie" and "Harlem Shake." This year's selection reaches back to a 1999 rap hit by Eminem as the No. 11 ask fans, "My Name Is What?"