Gretchen Wilson Joins ESPN For NASCAR’s Chase For the Sprint Cup
Gretchen Wilson is joining the NASCAR team. The 'Redneck Woman' singer will participate in ESPN's telecast of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be associated with NASCAR and ESPN as we begin the Chase,” she says (quote via GAC). “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 and look forward to seeing the fans at some races this fall.”
Wilson, who is a longtime fan of the sport, narrates and appears in the opening teasers of the telecast. Her award-winning music will also be featured throughout the entire series.
“Just as NASCAR appeals to a great cross-section of American people, the same can be said for Gretchen Wilson’s blend of song and attitude that has made her an icon of the music industry for the past decade,” says Rich Feinberg, ESPN's Vice President of Motorsports and Production. “We look forward to showcasing her music and personality during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”
Wilson, who has already performed the National Anthem at several of the NASCAR races over the years, says participating in this season is a perfect fit for her. “I’ve been a racing fan ever since my uncle ran dirt tracks outside St. Louis when I was a kid,” she explains. “He would let me clean the mud out of the wheel wells with a 2×4, and I thought I was part of the pit crew. This has already been an exciting season, and I think it’s about to get crazy.”
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins on Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Wilson released two albums this year, 'Right on Time' and her album of rock classics, 'Under the Covers.' Her Christmas album, 'Christmas in My Heart' will be released on Oct. 8.