Gretchen Wilson will be featured in ESPN’s telecasts of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins with September 15’s race at Chicagoland Speedway. Gretchen, who has appeared at numerous races and had a connection to racing as a child, narrates and appears in the opening teasers of the telecast. Her music will be featured throughout the entire Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup .
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be associated with NASCAR and ESPN as we begin the Chase,” Gretchen said. “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.”
“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,” Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports, production, said. “We look forward to showcasing her music and personality during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”
Gretchen has sung the national anthem at several NASCAR races. She became interested in the sport as a child.
“I’ve been a racing fan ever since my uncle ran dirt tracks outside St. Louis when I was a kid,” she said. “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.”
Gretchen’s musical contributions to ESPN will be featured on www.espn.com/music. She has three album releases this year, including Right On Time and the 13-song rock covers record Under the Covers, both in stores now; and a Christmas CD that will be released this fall.