Driver walk out songs a fan-favorite tradition of America's Night Race
One of the most popular traditions in NASCAR Cup Series racing continues tonight as drivers walk out to their favorite songs during driver introductions for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
It is an event that never fails to fire up the fans in the Last Great Colosseum as the entire field walks out to a song of their choosing, some topical, some self-deprecating, some controversial, but all drawing a crowd reaction.
Drivers have chosen a diverse group of songs for tonight’s 7 p.m. introductions, ranging from hard rock to classical rock to country to movie themes. The drivers will enter the stadium to their song selection and then be introduced by famed announcer Michael Buffer before they hop into the bed of a Chevy pickup to circle the high-banked oval and wave to the fans.
Pole-sitter Aric Almirola will walk out to “Without Me” by Eminem, while outside pole-sitter Chase Briscoe reached way into the past to pull out “The Boss” by James Brown and the JBs.
Christopher Bell, who leads the Cup Series Playoff standings headed into tonight’s cutoff race for the Round of 16 selected “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor as his walkout tune, while William Byron, second in the Playoff standings, will enter the track to “CHANT” by Macklemore.
Austin Cindric, in a tight battle for the final cutoff spot with Kyle Bush, Austin Dillon and Briscoe, went the heavy metal route with “Run To The Hills” by Iron Maiden.
Busch appropriately opted for “The Rowdy Song” by Raytona 500 while Dillon chose “Narcos” by Timmy Trumphet.
Denny Hamlin and Cole Custer both went with movie themes, with Hamlin choosing “Hard-Knock Life” from Annie, while Custer went with the theme from Top Gun.
Following is a full list of drivers and their song choices.
Aric Almirola Without Me by Eminem
Chase Briscoe The Boss by James Brown and the JBs
Alex Bowman Outlaws by Terror Reid
Denny Hamlin Hard-Knock Life by Andrea McArdle and the Orphans
Kyle Larson Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean
Ryan Blaney Angel Band by Tyler Childers
Kevin Harvick The Old Man Down The Road by John Fogarty
Christopher Bell Remember The Name by Fort Minor
Austin Cindric Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden
Brad Keselowski Rooster by Alice In Chains
Cole Custer Top Gun Anthem by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens
Ross Chastain Watermelon Crawl
A.J. Allmendinger Victory by Fire From The Gods
Bubba Wallace Long Violent History by Tyler Childers
Joey Logano Back To The Future theme
William Byron CHANT by Macklemore
Tyler Reddick Sabotage by The Beastie Boys
Michael McDowell Coming In Hot by Lecrae and Andy Mineo
Justin Haley Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft
Chris Buescher Go To War by Nothing More
Kyle Busch Rowdy Song by Raytona 500
Martin Truex Jr. Need A Boat by Morgan Wallen
Chase Elliott Ride The Lightning – 717 Tapes by Warren Zeiders
Erik Jones Should Have Been A Cowboy
Ty Gibbs All In by Lil’ Baby
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sold Out by Hardy
Harrison Burton Bad Boy For Life by Diddy
Austin Dillon Narcos by Timmy Trumphet
Daniel Suarez I Feel Good by PitBull
Todd Gilliland Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1 by Kanye West
Corey LaJoie Highway To The Danger Zone by Kenny oggins
Cody Ware 25 Bands And A Geccco by 100 Gecs
B.J. McLeod Jiggle Jiggle by Duke & Jones, Louis Theroux
Ty Dillon The Next Episode by Dr. Dre and Eminem
Landon Cassell High Hopes by Panic at the Disco
J.J. Yeley In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins