Daytona 500: Country star Trace Adkins champions patriotism and country music at NASCAR race

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NASCAR’s Daytona 500 championship race is known for boosting the American spirit, and country music star Trace Adkins has credited fans for putting patriotism first during “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

“It’s the fans,” he said. “They’re middle class hard workers, mostly good workers who like fast cars. And they like to drive too fast themselves, probably.”

While other sports have a history of bringing politics into the game, Adkins was adamant that “you won’t see” any such behavior at a NASCAR race.

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The singer mentioned how the relationship between NASCAR and country music has always been “strong” and still is. Adkins’ own relationship with NASCAR developed after he moved from Louisiana to Tennessee in 1992, early in his career, when he realized racing fans were “serious” about the sport.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Trace Adkins sings the national anthem before a game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Chiefs 35-32. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

“It didn’t take long for me to fall straight into that crowd,” he said. “That’s when I started getting more personally involved in NASCAR – going to races, doing the anthem, being the marshal and racing. I had my own race one year – the Chrome 300. And that’s when my dad finally said, ‘Well, you finally made it.'”

The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist will perform the national anthem at the 2022 Daytona 500, which he even admitted he was “a little nervous about.”

Richard Petty stands next to a replica race car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Richard Petty stands next to a replica race car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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“Singing the anthem is the only thing that still makes me nervous,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how big the crowd is. It’s just the fact that you can’t play with the lyrics of this one. If you get it wrong, you’re on YouTube forever.”

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