AC/DC’s Brian Johnson rocks out at Hendrick Motorsports

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Hendrick Motorsports had a rather unique visitor earlier this week, as rock supergroup AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson stopped in at the company’s Concord, N.C., campus.

But this wasn’t just a social call for the guy who sings Highway to Hell, Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long and so many more of the band’s biggest hits.

No, Johnson was at HMS’ compound as a journalist of sorts.

A noted racing fan and who competes himself in vintage racing events around the world, Johnson was in Charlotte to do some taping for his Discovery Channel TV show “Cars That Rock.”

Johnson interviewed HMS general manager Doug Duchardt for an upcoming segment of the hour-long show, part of a series that began in May 2014.

In Cars That Rock, Johnson not only gets to do things like interview powerful people in motorsports, like Duchardt, but also drives some of the most exotic cars in the world, including Jaguar, McLaren, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce and more.

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That’s not surprising, as Johnson owns his own race team – naturally called “Brian Johnson Racing” – not to mention a number of classic and exotic cars.

“We look for real experts in all our shows and as a notorious speed freak, competing in vintage car races all over the globe, Brian is the perfect man for the job,” Elizabeth McIntyre, vice president of production and development at Discovery Networks, said in a media release.

By the way, Duchardt tweeted to Jimmie Johnson that Brian Johnson “liked his name on (Jimmie’s) car.”

We also heard that on Tuesday, Johnson — the singer, not the NASCAR driver — is rumored to have taken some hot laps across the street at Charlotte Motor Speedway, although we haven’t been able to confirm that.

And what would a story on Brian Johnson the race fan be without a video of Brian Johnson the singer. Check out Johnson and Billy Joel singing “You Shook Me All Night Long” below.

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Valtteri Bottas on Silverstone pole; Nico Hulkenberg a surprising third

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Valtteri Bottas nipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Silverstone qualifying Saturday to maintain the team’s hammerlock on F1 results this season while Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise in third.

Hulkenberg is filling in for Sergio Perez for the second consecutive race while the Racing Point driver recovers from coronavirus.

It’s the best F1 start since 2016 for Hulkenberg, who was left without a full-time ride after the 2019 season. He finished 20th at Silverstone last week when an engine problem on the grid prevented him ftaking the green.

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“The last seven to eight days have been crazy,” Hulkenberg said after qualifying. “This weekend I felt much better prepared. Q3 was just head down, full beans, and give it whatever I had.

“I’m a bit surprised to be standing here, but there’s a big smile on my face.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth and will be among the field trying to derail the Mercedes duo that has won the first four races of an F1 season delayed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Feels good,” Bottas said after nipping Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second on his final lap for his 13th career pole position. ” I just love qualifying especially, when it goes well. Proud to drive this car. The race pace is there, so our first job is to get a good start off the line tomorrow and go from there.”

The impressive lap came two days after Bottas, who won the season opener in Austria, announced a one-year contract extension with the team.

Mercedes also is set to begin negotiating a new deal with Hamilton, who has won the past three races in F1 but was disappointed Saturday.

“Valtteri did a great job, but for me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap,” he said. “I don’t think many teams will be doing a one-stop race tomorrow so let’s wait and see how things turn out.”