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September 18, 2012, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com

Foxworthy happy to have the opportunity to bring Grit Chips, NASCAR together

Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and television star who recently helped sponsor the Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, answers this week's six questions.

1. What exactly are Grit Chips and how did you come to be involved with promoting them?

Foxworthy: A year or so ago, I got asked to be on (the television show) Shark Tank, which sounded like a really good idea. If you haven't seen the show, it's where entrepreneurs bring their ideas in front of a bunch of investors. But here's the deal: if anyone ever asks you to be one of the sharks on Shark Tank, run the other way because what I didn't know is that everybody who has been on the planet who has had an idea -- not a good idea, just an idea -- contacts you after you've been on Shark Tank. So I was literally inundated with thousands of letter and packages after I was on the show.

"Getting a race run with my name on it? That is a redneck's dream come true. I can cross that off my bucket list now."

--JEFF FOXWORTHY

Then about a year ago, I had a sleep study done because I snored so bad. And the guy who came to do the sleep study, Sean McDonough, says, 'Well, most of the time I own a restaurant up in Roswell (Ga.) and we make this thing called the grit chip. I brought you some to try.' And I was like, 'Oh, no, here we go again with this Shark Tank business all over again.'

But in the process of talking to him, I ate the whole bag. I was like, 'Doggone, these things are good.' And he was like, 'Well, you should do something with us then.' It's kind of one of those things where everybody who tries them comes back and wants more of them. I'm real leery. I don't like to want to put my name on something that my mom wouldn't be proud of. But I get free grit chips now. They're excellent!

2. But if we remember correctly, Jeff Foxworthy Butt Paste didn't quite take off, though, did it?

Foxworthy: The first year it was good. It was a great product. The rashes went right away with it.

3. Had you been to the races before being grand marshal recently for the truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway?

Foxworthy: Of course. The first race I ever went to was at Atlanta Motor Speedway, having grown up in Georgia. My dad was a huge Richard Petty fan. I took the program home that day and cut out numbers and stuff and tried to make all the Matchbox cars I had look like NASCAR cars. I was 30 years ahead of everybody on that one. Those were like the early die-cast cars.

4. Do you have a favorite driver or two?

Foxworthy: NASCAR is like country music. Jeff Gordon and I just talked about this (recently). Once fans become your fans, they're your fans for life. Country music fans are the same way. You probably don't see any other form of sports or the entertainment industry where the players are so interactive with the fans. That's why people stay with somebody.

So I was always a 3 car guy. And so now I'm a Dale Earnhardt Jr. guy.

5. When you talked to Gordon, did you talk mustaches with him?

Foxworthy: Jeff Gordon's mustache, if you pull the old pictures up, was not in the league of (the late) Dale Earnhardt's mustache or my mustache. It was kind of more like a caterpillar mustache.

I've had my mustache since the 11th grade. I don't even know if I have a lip anymore. This could be runaway nose-hairs at this point.

6. How excited were you to be involved with helping be a title sponsor for a NASCAR race?

Foxworthy: When I started redneck jokes, anytime I would hit a slow spot I would just have to go to the infield (at a NASCAR race) and spend a day -- and then I was able to write another book. ... I've always been a fan. Some of my earliest redneck jokes were centered around NASCAR, such as if you think the last four words of the Star Spangled Banner are 'Gentlemen Start Your Engines,' you might be a redneck. Getting a race run with my name on it? That is a redneck's dream come true. I can cross that off my bucket list now.