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Rubbing Fenders: Dani Fouts Brings "NASCAR Fans" a Fresh, New Song

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By Joseph Wolkin-Associate Editor (@JosephNASCAR)

March 6, 2014

NEW YORK– NASCAR fans love music, especially when it has to do with the sport they love. However, there are not too many songs that have to do with racing, let alone with NASCAR. Think about it, when was the last time you heard a song that was solely based on NASCAR?

Dani Fouts, who has been a fan of motorsports since she was a child, has come out with a new song based on the average NASCAR fan. Her song, “NASCAR Fan,” was originally written by Rockabilly legend, Colonel Robert Morris. Morris asked Fouts to recreate his song before his passing in October 2013. Unfortunately, Morris was never able to hear the final rendition of “NASCAR Fan,” but thanks to selecting Fouts to sing the song, it is rapidly gaining popularity around the NASCAR fan base.

Fouts, a wife and mother from Seattle, has been getting more opportunities by the day. She has been able to make appearances at the Magnolia Speedway in Caledonia, MS, and even performed at the Daytona International Speedway two days before the Daytona 500. Her new hit single has been created in conjunction with her new manager, T.M. Garret of Mid South Music Records. Garret has worked extensively with Fouts to get her song out to as many race fans as possible.
However, Fouts is not just in this for the publicity. She grew up as a true race fan thanks to her grandfather.

“When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to take me to all the car shows where you can see the exotics and old racecars and all that. He and I were really into that. After seeing my first Cobra, we started watching racing and that’s when we started getting into NASCAR and local racing,” Fouts said via a phone call on Thursday afternoon.

“When I was in high school and in my early 20s, I was a casual fan. Since I married my husband, and he’s into racing as well, so he and I follow it. Now, I follow it weekly.”

Not only has Fouts been singing since a child, but her burning passion for racing has grown as well. Heck, her and her husband even own a Cobra which appears in the demo version of her song. Besides that, they also own two authentic racecars and are currently working on a third one. A Danica Patrick fan, Fouts has established herself as someone who is knowledgeable about not only NASCAR, but what has made Patrick such a hit on the track.

“I like the way she is. I like the way she drives and I like her personality. She comes off abrasive at times, but so can I. Having worked in a male-dominated field, knowing how it is, I like what she brings. I like that she can drive really well, yet she is a woman.”

However, Fouts understands that Patrick is heavily criticized. She, alike the rest of the NASCAR fan base, knows that Patrick is compared to Johanna Long and Kenzie Ruston, two female racers who arguably can win races over the next several seasons as they continue to sign sponsorship and move up the NASCAR ranks.

“I know that both of these two women are rather young, but they do seem to be talented at what they are doing. I think it is funny how we are always compared, and her being compared to those other drivers. They have different levels of talent, and have their own niches. I don’t think that they should be compared.”

Fouts’ journey is quite remarkable. Not only is she a singer/songwriter, but she also went to trade school. Usually, it takes a person approximately four to six years to graduate, yet she did it in just two years. Her hard work paid off as she earned over $30 per hour while being a project engineer. A self-proclaimed combination of Miranda Lambert and Bonnie Raitt, Fouts is hoping to continue singing her song in front of the NASCAR world. She does not want this to be just another song that goes in one ear, and out the other.

Her song is going to be played on “LET’S RACE TV” in Michigan, and Garret has started discussions to have her sing at the Coca-Cola 600 in May at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. However, her greatest success with this new song has yet to come. Fox affiliates in six states within the southeastern portion of the United States will be using Fouts’ song for a new show called “MaxSpeed Thunder.”

“I was blown away by their reception. All you had to do was mention NASCAR and everybody went nuts. They were screaming, hooting and hollering, and it was just great. I didn’t realize that they would like it that much. I knew I liked it, but I had not experienced other people being ecstatic to it.”

Tell us what you think about Fouts’ song on Twitter at @MRacingScene, or e-mail myself at Joseph.Wolkin@motorracingscene.com.

Click here to buy her song on iTunes.

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  1. Debra Cheryl Taylor

    March 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    very good! Love “Nascar Fan” & Dani You Rock!

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