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Fans can vote on driver introduction songs at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Have you ever sat in the stands at Bristol Motor Speedway during driver introductions and thought, “Who picked that song?”

For years Cup drivers have been introduced before races at the half-mile track with songs they’ve chosen themselves.

But like Erik Jones last August, drivers sometimes forget to pick one.

Now the decision is out of their hands.

Bristol has revamped the song selection process and between now and March 30, fans will get the final say.

Fans can go to the track’s website and vote on one of three songs that “best represents the drivers.”

A new batch of drivers will be available to vote on every Wednesday and Friday through March 30. The winning songs will be heard prior to the April 15 Food City 500.

You can vote for each driver once a day.

Fans can now vote on the intro songs for Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan, Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher.

If enough fans vote, Elliott will be introduced to a song sung by his own father, Bill Elliott.

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NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson’s patience propels him to victory lane in Food City 500

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Jimmie Johnson is known for his patience behind the wheel. Where other drivers may get too hot under the collar and over-react, Johnson is typically cool as a cucumber — and that’s helped lead him to many of his 82 career NASCAR Cup wins.

That patience once again played out in Johnson’s win Monday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, only his second career triumph (and first in seven years) at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

On Monday’s NASCAR America, Greg Biffle and Kyle Petty discussed Johnson’s patience throughout Monday’s race.



Heavy foot on pit road foils Kyle Larson once again at Bristol

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Kyle Larson did everything he could to win Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

He led a race-high 203 laps in the 500-lap event, including dominating Stage 1, leading all 125 laps, as well as the first 77 laps in Stage 2.

But Larson, known for the heavy foot he has, saw that need for speed at the wrong time likely cost him the win.

When Erik Jones wrecked on Lap 422, Larson came to pit road and was too fast across two consecutive timing zones on the front straightaway en route to his pit stall.

“I was just pushing on pit road and messed up there,” Larson said after the race. “To start the race, I was the leader, I would run all my greens down pit road, and then once I fell back … down the straightaway I was running one red and flashed the second red real quick, and I guess that was all she wrote.”

NASCAR penalized Larson for speeding on pit road, dropping him to the back of the longest line, restarting in 20th place with 72 laps left in the race.

“Yeah, I knew I gave the race away there,” Larson said. “(I’m) disappointed in myself. I think I speed on pit road every single time I come to Bristol. So, I’ve got to clean that up.”

There’s that heavy foot admission once again.

Ironically, it was Larson’s first speeding penalty this season.

To his credit, Larson was able to quickly climb back up the grid, but couldn’t finish higher than sixth.

Still, Larson tried to a positive spin on things as he began to leave the track.

“I don’t know what more you could ask out of this place,” Larson said. “This is the best track we go to, most exciting place, and I love coming here.”

But he doesn’t like the way he came out of it once again, thanks to that darn heavy foot.

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NASCAR America: Dale Jarrett, Kelli Stavast recap Bristol driver performances

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After waiting out 28 straight hours of rain, Monday’s rescheduled Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway produced a rather exciting race.

The addition of adhesive to the lower grove at the track gave drivers additional grip that led to side-by-side and even three-wide racing.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kelli Stavast discussed the top driver performances in Monday’s race.



NASCAR America: Bowyer’s determination to win fuels Stewart-Haas

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Clint Bowyer‘s second place finish was his first since spring 2015 and his third since 2012.

And with the season he’s having in his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing, it’s very clear that Bowyer keeps getting closer and closer to his first Cup win since 2012.

On Monday’s NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett said Bowyer has the determination and drive to lead Stewart-Haas to victory lane, perhaps as early as next Sunday at Richmond.