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NNS drivers counting on their lucky charms at Bristol

March 15, 2012, Official Release,

Annett celebrates his Irish heritage; Patrick's car to recognize St. Patrick's Day

As luck may have it, the Nationwide Series race this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway falls on St. Patrick's Day.

As excitement and anticipation build among the competitors, have you ever wondered what some of them use as their go-to lucky charms? Dale Earnhardt's lucky penny, one of the most iconic lucky charms in the world of sports, played a part in his 1998 Daytona 500 win. So, in the spirit of St. Patty's Day, what do drivers plan to carry with them or do on race day for a little luck of the Irish at Bristol this weekend?

Annett's helmet tells the story.

-- Elliott Sadler takes the term "lucky charm" literally. Before each race, he eats a Lucky Charms cereal bar to give him an extra kick of sugar -- and luck -- for the race. Sadler also counts Bristol as one of his favorite tracks on the 2012 circuit. He won a Cup Series race at Bristol in 2001 and a Nationwide Series race at Bristol in 1998. Sadler also is the current NNS points leader.

-- Austin Dillon and the No. 3 team have a race-day ritual that they consider their lucky charm. Before each race, a team member selects a Bible verse and places it on the car dash with a label marker to help fuel Dillon with good fortune. This lucky ritual actually started in 2010 when Dillon raced in the Camping World Truck Series. A crew member named Chris Martin (nickname Hack Saw) led the team in prayer each week and then picked out the verse to put in the car. Now that Dillon has moved to the Nationwide Series, the Bible-verse picking is a tag-team effort between all members of the team.

-- Michael Annett celebrates St. Patrick's Day (his favorite holiday) and his Irish heritage each time he climbs into the race car and puts on his helmet, which is complete with a small green shamrock on the back. His love for shamrocks doesn't end there, he has a shamrock tattoo on his back, a shamrock on the golf cart he drives around the race track and, as his race-day lucky charm this weekend, he plans to wear shamrock boxers.

Danica Patrick wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day with her specially themed car. (Lionel)

Even though Nationwide Series newcomer Danica Patrick doesn't have any lucky charms, maybe her St. Patty's Day paint scheme will give her an edge on the competition this weekend. Patrick will make her second start at Bristol in a shamrock-covered, bright green car.