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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Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.