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NASCAR's 'The Chase' To Be Introduced by Gretchen Wilson Musical Segment For 10 Races


Perhaps you've read the Music Times article that discusses Carrie Underwood's new take on the Sunday Night Football theme "I've Been Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." Or perhaps you've read the excellent Onion article on how Carrie Underwood performed an 26-minute progressive rock version of "I've Been Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." But she's not the only country musician who's doing introductory tracks for sporting events. It was announced on Sunday that Gretchen Wilson will perform the opening theme for ten races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. 

The "Redneck Woman" songstress is apparently an automotive racing fan herself. 

"I can't tell you how excited I am to be associated with NASCAR and ESPN as we begin the Chase," Wilson said in a press release. "Many of the fans who show up at our concerts on Saturday nights are watching the races on Sundays. I'm honored to be a part of this great American tradition."

The ten race series that she'll be performing before is better known as "The Chase" by NASCAR fans. Out of the ten races, nine will air on ESPN and the October 12 Charlotte race will air on ABC. The series kicks off September 15 in Chicago. 

We are admittedly not too invested in the NASCAR circuit (as our hometown baseball team is doing well), but Wilson informs those not in-the-know that the 2013 season has been an exciting one. She also mentioned that she used to watch her uncle perform on dirt tracks outside of St. Louis. 

 "He would let me clean the mud out of the wheel wells, and I thought I was part of the pitcrew," she said. "This has already been an exciting season and I think it's about to get crazier."

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