Songs As NASCAR Awards- 2013 Edition

Train performs at NASCAR Awards Banquet

Sometimes, a song says it all. Yours truly loves mixing his passion for mixing motorsports with music, so its time to provide that list of songs that mixes well with the type of season your favorite NASCAR stars had.

From the world of pop, hip hop, country and rock, here are the 2013 NASCAR Music Awards…..

Remember The Name (Fort Minor)- Jimmie Johnson- “This is 10-percent luck, 20-percent skill, 15-percent concentrated power of will. Five percent pleasure, 50-percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name!” Another year, another year of accomplishment by the 48 team spearheaded by Jimmie Johnson.

“Chillin’ It” (Cole Swindell)- Matt Kenseth- A feel good song for a feel good season. There’s no way in heck anyone would have predicted 2013 a veteran driver who had just changed teams.

“Summertime Sadness” (Lana Del Ray)- Denny Hamlin- The title pretty well says it all for the perennial contender whose fortunes came crashing down after a broken back at Fontana, a four week absence from racing, then loads of frustration and pain to follow. The good news? The season ended with a win, perhaps portending better things in store for Hamlin.

“The Monster” (Eminem featuring Rihanna)- Tony Stewart- Many a critic questioned the sanity of Tony Stewart’s foray into racing Sprint Cars, given the serious injury he sustained last summer in Iowa. Do you think it will stop him? I think Smoke has made friends with the monster underneath his bed, and he’ll take his chances.

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Twisted Sister)-Joey Logano- Like it or not, Joey Logano has made it clear that giving him on track grief will come at a price. Does his stand coincide with his best season to date? It sure looks that way from here.

“The Outsiders” (Eric Church)- Kurt Busch- Busch and Denver-based Furniture Row Racing made the NASCAR world stand up and take notice, making the Chase, and challenging for a number of wins. Thought Busch’s career was over? Think a single car team can’t contend? Think again.

“She’s A Star” (Survivor)- Danica Patrick- This obscure, but scorching 1988 rocker from the “Eye of The Tiger” gang fits Danica too a tee. You can love her, you can loathe her, but you can’t ignore her.

“Wrecking Ball” (Bruce Springsteen)- Martin Truex Jr.- It’s too hard to resist with the Jersey references from “The Boss” for the New Jersey driver. Truex got hit with a lot in 2013, but he’s still standing tall, ready for new start.

“Movin’ Out” (Billy Joel)- Kevin Harvick- Reaching back for a classic in honor of Kevin Harvick’s departure from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.