What do race fans love more than seeing their favorite race car driver on the track or in person? Seeing them in their favorite music artist’s video, of course!
Over the past couple of decades, many of our favorite drivers have appeared in music videos covering a wide variety of genres – from country to rock to rap. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite driver’s in action.
Let’s start with the late great Dale Earnhardt. Back in 1997, the Intimidator made a surprise cameo in Brooks & Dunn’s video for “Honky Tonk Truth.” That’s not the first time Dale had been recognized by the country duo. Back in 1993, they included a special verse honoring the Intimidator in their hit “Sunday Money.” He’s technically not in the music video; instead, the song and video is about him and shows clips and photos of his racing career. In return, Dale named his boat after the song.
Unlike his father who made a cameo in one music video, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been all over the map. He first debuted in the 3 Doors Down music video “The Road I’m On” from 2003. The video also featured fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and is shot in the heart of racing country – Concord, N.C. Earnhardt has also appeared in videos for Sheryl Crow (“Steve McQueen”), Trace Adkins (“Rough and Ready”), Nickelback (“Rockstar”), and Jay-Z (“Show Me What You Got”) alongside fellow competitor Danica Patrick.
Danica Patrick also has her fair share of cameos in music videos on her resume. In addition to being in Jay-Z’s video “Show Me What You Got,” she also appeared in Miranda Lambert’ “Fastest Girl In Town.” In the video, Patrick plays Lambert’s friend and co-conspirator, stealing a man’s car. Danica and her real-life NASCAR driver boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appear in Colt Ford’s “Drivin’ Around Song.” The video was shot in Mooresville, N.C., also known as “Race City, U.S.A.”
Elliott Sadler and Blake Shelton were friends in early 2000s, so much so that the race car driver appeared in two of the country music star’s videos. In Shelton’s video for “Ole Red,” Sadler plays the musician’s cousin who brings a female blue tick hound to break Shelton out of prison. In addition to “Ole Red,” Sadler was also featured in “Some Beach.” In the video, Sadler plays the driver who pulls up alongside Shelton and flips him off.
In 2011, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon also got in on the fun when he appeared in the music video for Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama,” which unsurprisingly also features the band Alabama. The video was filmed in Rick Hendrick’s closed-to-the-public museum and includes vehicles from the team owner’s personal collection. As an added bonus, Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley, also has a cameo in the video.
New to the music video scene is NASCAR’s favorite back-flipping driver, Carl Edwards. In 2011, Edwards made his first appearance in a music video, appearing in Justin Moore’s “Bait a Hook.” In the video, Edwards plays the guy who Moore’s girlfriend leaves him for. In 2014, Edwards returned to the music scene, but this time he was the love interest in Sara Evan’s “Slow Me Down” music video. Evans and Edwards play a couple who are experiencing problems in their relationship and are on the verge of breaking up. Edwards said it was hard to play someone mean, so he would yell random things to make it look like he was yelling at Evans.
Growing up with a passion for music and NASCAR, I always love seeing NASCAR drivers appear in my favorite artist’s music videos. What is your favorite NASCAR driver appearance in a music video? Let us know!