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Six Pack of Pop: Country superstar McBride at home in NASCAR

June 28, 2011, Joe Menzer,

Country-music superstar Martina McBride, who sang the national anthem prior to the season-opening Daytona 500 and will again at the Coke Zero 400 Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, answers this week's six questions.

1. How did it come to be that you're so visible in NASCAR these days?

"I loved when I went to the Daytona 500 that the fans seemed to be so up close and have a lot of access. It reminded me of country music in a lot of ways."


McBride: The head of my label, Scott Borchetta [President and CEO of Big Machine Records], is a huge racing fan and so he has some connections in NASCAR. I think a lot of the stuff has come through him, and it's just been awesome. Singing at Daytona was just really great and now I get to go back -- so that's really very exciting.

2. Didn't Dale Earnhardt once ask for your autograph?

McBride: It's [was] several years ago, and I can't remember exactly where it was. I sang the national anthem before a race and I do so many of these things. But that's a true story. It's still amazing. I still can't believe I heard him say that he wanted my autograph. Then I saw him on a TV interview after the race, after he won, and he said he kept [the autograph] in his car as a good-luck charm -- which I thought was really cool. He said he had it in the car with him. I don't know if he had it taped to the dashboard or in his pocket -- I don't even know if those fire suits they wear have pockets -- but that's what he said, which, again, I thought was really cool.

3. What is it about NASCAR that appeals to you?

McBride: I loved when I went to the Daytona 500 that the fans seemed to be so up close and have a lot of access. It reminded me of country music in a lot of ways. I know there are a lot of NASCAR fans who are country-music fans, too -- because there is a lot of accessibility.

4. Have any of your fans given you feedback on your recent involvement in NASCAR?

McBride: One time when I was shooting a video for NASCAR, I tweeted about it and got a lot of response. People were really interested and wanted to know what we were doing, so it's definitely a hot topic with them, for sure. Like I said, there is a lot of crossover between country music and NASCAR. It's kind of a natural thing.

5. Since you have the hit song Teenage Daughters, any advice for any of the rest of us who have our own teenage daughters?

McBride: Just spend time with them and have fun with them while you can, and try to give them some direction in life. Time does fly by so fast. I'm just trying to hang on for dear life with my own 16-year-old.

6. Are your three teenage daughters race fans?

McBride: We haven't been to a race together. I'm sure they would be, if they went to a race. I had been to races in the past, but being at the Daytona 500 with Scott [Borchetta], who is a big race fan, I just had a blast. I know they would love it, too.