CMA Awards 2018

Country Stars Go 'Inside' NASCAR

The natural link between country music and NASCAR racing will grow stronger June 11, as Warner Bros. and Curb Records team up to release the "Inside Traxx" compilation, featuring 14 country songs by t

The natural link between country music and NASCAR racing will grow stronger June 11, as Warner Bros. and Curb Records team up to release the "Inside Traxx" compilation, featuring 14 country songs by the likes of Jo Dee Messina, Neal McCoy, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, and Tim McGraw. The album is part of a multi-faceted co-branding package that also includes the Inside Traxx Winston Cup concert series and Inside Traxx collectible die-cast cars manufactured by Action Performance.

Concerts by Messina (July 14 at Chicagoland Speedway's Tropicana 400) and McCoy (Oct. 13 at Charlotte, N.C.'s Lowe's Motor Speedway for the UAW-GM Quality 500) will be the cornerstones of the concert series. Both artists will perform before the respective races and also lend their support to Inside Traxx-branded cars during the races.

The Inside Traxx package will also be roosting at Nashville's Fan Fair, the self-proclaimed "world's biggest country music festival," with a June 12 Warner Bros. press conference planned to unveil the branded NASCAR cars. A contest is currently being held at Inside Traxx's official Web site to send two fans to the Fan Fair and the press conference.

Four of the compilation album's tracks -- Messina's "Dare to Dream," Yoakam's "Fast as You," McGraw's "I Like It, I Love It," and McCoy's "What If" -- are also available in streaming form from the Inside Traxx Web site, along with information about the Inside Traxx drivers, artists, and concerts.

Finally, collectibles retailer Action Performance is offering Inside Traxx die-cast miniature cars for sale. The collectibles will be available through specialty dealers and trackside vendors throughout the promotion.

Here is the track listing for the "Inside Traxx" album:

"Start the Car," Travis Tritt
"Dare To Dream," Jo Dee Messina
"Fast As You," Dwight Yoakam
"I Like It, I Love It," Tim McGraw
"God Created Woman," Anita Cochran
"I Can't Kick My Country," Ken Mellons
"Can You Hear Me Now," Sawyer Brown
"Sitting Pretty," Dwight Yoakam
"Go Girl Go," Hank Williams Jr.
"Strictly Business," Brad Wolf
"What If," Neal McCoy
"You Never Can Tell," Trini Triggs
"Gypsy Blue Tattoo," Mark Tinney
"Friday at Five," John Michael Montgomery