Brantley Gilbert recalls the day he almost got in some big trouble Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Brantley Gilbert doesn’t scare easy, whether he’s on the stage or at home preparing to be a new daddy.

But on the NASCAR track … well, that’s another story.

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“I didn’t know [NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick] before 2014 … and the first time I met him he put me in the car with him,” Brantley told Rare Country before the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23. “We made one lap and he was kind of taking it easy on me and I was like, ‘Cut this thing loose.’ I think we both almost got into trouble because we went too fast in the car. But yep, it’s cool to be around all these [NASCAR] guys because … we all do have similar personalities. They are crazy to be around, and a lot of fun to be around. We are all adrenaline junkies.”

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Of course, just being able to hang out with NASCAR drivers is enough for Brantley, who never imagined a day that a race would be named after him. “It’s wild,” Brantley told Rare Country at the Brickyard 400 that bore his name. “I never saw that coming in a million years. I gotta say that having a name on [this race] is huge and we are proud to be here. This place is special to me because my mom’s side of the family is from Indiana and my grandfather, who passed a few years back, was a huge, huge, huge NASCAR fan and a Tony Stewart fan.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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