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The relationship between NASCAR and country music has been going on since well before drivers started wearing fireproof suits. The sport has long found fans in the country music community not just cheering them on, but also performing at pre-race events, singing the national anthem at races and even planting their faces on the hoods of cars like Diamond Rio did with Tony Stewart. Heck, artist Chase Rice was even part of a Hendrick Motorsports pit crew before he headed to Nashville with his bagful of songs.

And we’ve long known that Blake Shelton is a big NASCAR fan. The country music superstar featured the sport’s Elliott Sadler in two of his music videos: “Ol’ Red” and “Some Beach.” So before the rubber hit the road on the Feb. 17 Xfinity race, Blake made sure he sent some good luck to his longtime pal. He simply tweeted, “Good luck today @elliotsadler!!! You got this boy!! #daytona.”

And while Elliott’s finish in that one — which is being called the closest race in NASCAR history — didn’t go in his favor, he was happy to acknowledge his friend’s brief, but sincere wishes with a chuckle. Elliott tweeted back, “Thanks brother … and thanks for the pep talk you just gave me … Great insight!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂 @blakeshelton”

On Sunday, though, hours before Hollywood’s Charlize Theron dropped the green flag on the field of 40 drivers at the Daytona 500, Blake tweeted, “Hey @ClintBowyer this is YOUR year brother. Win this thing today!!!!! #daytona500;”

Of course, other NASCAR fans were quick to correct Blake with their own choices for potential winners at the Feb. 18 event, choosing favorites like Chase Elliot, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman, who earned the pole during qualifying rounds.

Clint was certainly no slouch during time trials, though. He starts the 500 at No. 10 on the grid. But as longtime NASCAR fans will tell you, after drivers start their engines, anything can happen.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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