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Who’s your favorite driver listening to? Complete list of driver pre-race introduction song choices at Bristol

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One of the traditions at Bristol Motor Speedway is for all 43 Sprint Cup drivers in Sunday’s Food City being given the opportunity to pick one of their favorite songs to be played during pre-race driver introductions.

Looking at the following list, thanks to our friends at NASCAR.com, says a lot about drivers’ musical taste. Some songs and favorite artists are understandable, but others leave us scratching our heads, leaving us to ask “What are they thinking?”

I mean, Joey Logano, a Metallica fan? Who knew?

What about Kurt Busch? A diehard fan of the late Johnny Cash?

And Parker Kligerman? No surprise there – his song choice was “Don’t Push Me” by 50 Cent – who just happens to be part-owner of  the team Kligerman drives for, Swan Racing.

Our favorite driver’s song choice: Joe Nemechek’s Beer With Jesus by Thomas Rhett.

Thankfully, no one picked songs from Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber.

So, there’s that.

Here’s the songs that were chosen by every driver for Sunday’s introductions:

No.       Driver                       Song/Artist

1            Jamie McMurray: Crazy Train/Ozzy Osborne

2            Brad Keselowski: Everlong/Foo Fighters

3            Austin Dillon: Cowboy/DJ Silver

4            Kevin Harvick: Happy/Pharrell Williams

5            Kasey Kahne: Bottom’s Up/Brantley Gilbert

7            Michael Annett: Standing Outside the Fire/Garth Brooks

9            Marcos Ambrose: This Is How We Roll/Florida Georgia Line

10            Danica Patrick: Timber/Ke$ha & Pitbull

11            Denny Hamlin: My Name Is/Eminem

13            Casey Mears: Do I Wanna Know?/Arctic Monkeys

14            Tony Stewart: Back in the Saddle Again/Aerosmith

15            Clint Bowyer: Boys Round Here/Blake Shelton

16            Greg Biffle: Good Times, Bad Times (remix)/Godsmack

17            Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The South/The Cadillac Three (featuring Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley)

18            Kyle Busch: Can’t Hold Us/Macklemore

20            Matt Kenseth: Guitars, Gangsters & Cadillac Blood/Volbeat

22            Joey Logano: Fuel/Metallica

23            Alex Bowman: Counting Stars (Longarms Dubstep Remix)/One Republic

24            Jeff Gordon: Best Day of My Life/American Authors

26            Cole Whitt: God’s Not Dead/Newsboys

27            Paul Menard: Clean My Wounds/Corrosion of Conformity

30            Parker Kligerman: Don’t Push Me/50 Cent

31            Ryan Newman: Down Home Boys/Cole Swindell

32            Travis Kvapil: Ace of Spades/Motorhead

33            Timmy Hill: Thunderstruck/AC/DC

34            David Ragan: C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)/Quad City DJ’s

35            David Reutimann: Still Counting/Volbeat

36            Reed Sorenson: Man of the Year/School Boy Q

38            David Gilliland: Strokers Theme/Charlie Daniels Band

40            Landon Cassill: Money in the Bank/Lil Scrappy ft. Young buck

41            Kurt Busch: Ring of Fire/Johnny Cash

42            Kyle Larson: Kashmir/Led Zeppelin

43            Aric Almirola: Outsiders/Eric Church

47            AJ Allmendinger: Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against the Wall)/Mystikal

48            Jimmie Johnson: Radioactive/Imagine Dragons

51            Justin Allgaier: War of Change/Thousand Foot Krutch

55            Brian Vickers: Beast of Burden/Rolling Stones

66            Joe Nemechek: Beer With Jesus/Thomas Rhett

78            Martin Truex Jr.: Flyin Down a Back Road/Justin Moore

83            Ryan Truex: Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)/Flight Facilities

88            Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Man of Action/Matthew Good Band

95            Michael McDowell: I Am/Crowder

98            Josh Wise: Intro/The XX

99            Carl Edwards: Kickstart My Heart/Motley Crue

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100th Indy 500, Arrow Electronics make Super Bowl ad list

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The biggest race the Verizon IndyCar Series has on the calendar this year – if not one of the biggest races on the overall motors calendar in 2016 – and one of IndyCar’s leading cutting edge sponsors have made it to the Super Bowl.

Or at least the Super Bowl ad list that came out during the game, Super Bowl 50, in regional areas.

Nonetheless, if you weren’t in certain parts of the country and did not see ads for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, and two spots from Arrow Electronics (sponsor of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), they’re included in this post.

The IMS ad is above, the two Arrow spots below.

Arrow: Aerospace & Defense – Short

Arrow: I Am a Racecar Driver – Short

Hill expects Rosberg to be ‘more formidable’ in 2016

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1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill believes that Nico Rosberg will be “more formidable” in 2016 following his back-to-back title defeats to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg took the title race down to the final race of the year in 2014 before losing to Hamilton, and proved to be the Briton’s closest rival again in 2015, albeit losing the championship with three rounds remaining.

Rosberg endured a five-month winless streak last season that led many to question his ability to battle with Hamilton for a championship, only for the German to answer by winning the final three races of the year.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hill said that Rosberg showed his true strength with this trio of victories, signalling that he could put up a greater fight to Hamilton for the title in 2016.

“I think he is a little bit more formidable now,” Hill said. “I think after the Austin defeat, that day when he lost the championship and Lewis infamously tossed the cap and he tossed it straight back, there was a moment where Nico said ‘OK, I am not going to take this anymore’ and he did go ahead and win all the remaining races.

“He can go on ahead and become the other world champion’s son [Keke Rosberg won the F1 title in 1982] to become a world champion himself.

“He probably knows time is running out and when you get all those ingredients together you maybe get a little bit of a hardening of the determination. Maybe he will be more determined this year and harder to beat.”

MotoGP to introduce stewards’ panel for 2016 season

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 25:  Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team leads Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the MotoGP race during the MotoGP Of Malaysia at Sepang Circuit on October 25, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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The FIM has confirmed that a new, dedicated stewards’ panel will be created for the 2016 MotoGP season following the controversy between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at the end of last year.

Rossi and Marquez became embroiled in a tense rivalry that saw them clash in Malaysia, with Rossi appearing to raise his leg and cause his adversary to fall from his bike.

Rossi was handed a penalty that dropped him to the back of the grid for the championship decider in Valencia, where Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo clinched a third world title.

The incident did little good of the reputation of the drivers involved nor MotoGP as a whole, prompting officials to create a new stewards’ panel for 2016 that will deal with similar affairs.

Previously, race direction has also dealt with stewarding matters, but these responsibilities will now be split for 2016.

“We want to let race direction focus on managing the races because there are a lot of responsibilities and delicate matters to do,” FIM president Vito Ippolito said.

“We want to let them be free to manage the race but not to involve them anymore with the task of penalizing riders. It needs more time and special dedication.

“On the other side we will have the panel of three stewards. It will be the current race director who is Mike Webb and two more stewards from the FIM.

“One of them possibily also a permanent steward as we think with this structure, with this panel of stewards completely dedicated to judge the behaviour of riders during the races and practice, we can achieve a very high level of decisions.”

Vandoorne was considered for Renault Formula 1 seat

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JANUARY 25:  Stoffel Vandoorne of Belgium and McLaren Honda drives during wet weather tyre testing at Circuit Paul Ricard on January 25, 2016 in Le Castellet, France.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Newly-appointed Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur claims that the French manufacturer considered signing GP2 champion and McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne for its comeback season in Formula 1.

Renault will return to F1 this year with a works team for the first time since 2010, and unveiled its driver line-up of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer at an event in France on Wednesday.

Magnussen was drafted in to replace Pastor Maldonado after the Venezuelan driver’s financial backing fell through and negotiations with the team broke down.

Speaking to DH.be, Vasseur revealed that Vandoorne was considered for the seat before Renault ultimately signed Magnussen for 2016.

“We had to put a cross next to Stoffel. He is under contract with McLaren and the team did not want to part ways,” Vasseur said.

“So we needed someone who was available and our choice was therefore focused on Kevin.”

Vandoorne is set to race in the Japanese Super Formula series in 2016, having tested a car over the winter. Despite winning the 2015 GP2 title in record-breaking fashion, the Belgian is not yet able to make the step up to F1, but looks set to do so with McLaren when either Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso leave the team.