And the last time the sport rolled into town, we got the greatest pre-race prayer of all time.
Joe Nelms, pastor of the Family Baptist Church in nearby Lebanon, Tennessee delivered the memorable invocation before the 2011 Xfinity Series race with his performance that would make Ricky Bobby himself proud.
“Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas. Thank you for the Fords. And most of all we thank you for Roush and Yates partnering to give us the power that we see before us tonight.
Thank you for GM Performance technology and the R07 engines. Thank you for Sunoco racing fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track.
Lord, I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife tonight, Lisa. My two children, Eli and Emma – or as we like to call ’em, the little E’s.”
And he ended his prayer with a nod to longtime NASCAR broadcaster Darrell Waltrip: