Country music has had close ties to the world of NASCAR racing for decades. NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick appeared in Miranda Lambert‘s music video for “Fastest Girl in Town,” while Carl Edwards was cast as the leading man for Sara Evans‘ “Slow Me Down,” and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also joined Trace Adkins for “Rough & Ready.” Brad Paisley‘s “Old Alabama” music video even featured beloved drivers Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon. But aside from these fun cameos, the sport has also inspired some great country songs.
From the pit stops at Daytona to the checkered flag at Talladega, nothing goes together better than race day and a great country song. Here’s Wide Open Country‘s 5 favorite country songs about NASCAR.
“Sunday Money,” Brooks & Dunn
This track from Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn may go down as the ultimate musical tribute to NASCAR and the late Dale Earnhardt.
“The Intimidator,” The Charlie Daniels Band
Another tribute to the biggest stars of the sport, including Dale Earnhardt, this Charlie Daniels Band track quickly became a fan favorite.
“Talladega,” Eric Church
Although this song is much more about the journey than the destination itself, Church created one of the best anthems for the sport with “Talladega.” Anyone who spent their younger years flocking to the race track will instantly connect with this track.
“I Love NASCAR,” Cledus T. Judd
In the late 90s and early 2000s, no one knew how to poke fun at Nashville country stars like Cledus T. Judd. His racing-themed take on Toby Keith‘s hit “I Love This Bar” earned him his highest position on the country charts of his career.
“NASCAR Party,” Julie Roberts
In 2011, country singer Julie Roberts dropped this fun and infectious anthem to the sport.