WATCH: Dolly Parton Welcomes Race Fans To Music City With Inspirational Message

Ahead of NASCAR’s Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 26), Dolly Parton shared a video with an…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 27, 2022


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Dolly Parton; Photo via Twitter

Ahead of NASCAR’s Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 26), Dolly Parton shared a video with an inspirational message to welcome race fans to Music City. 

In the clip, the iconic country superstar is seen sitting in a room, surrounded by pieces of her wardrobe, encouraging fans to follow their dreams. Parton’s video message was intertwined with footage from different NASCAR events as well as iconic moments of her career.

Dolly Parton; Photo via Twitter

“I have a saying that my desire has always been greater than my fear,” Parton began, before recalling her first performance. “I remember the feeling of the very first time I performed in front of an audience, it was almost like electricity kind of shot through me. It was always my dream to be on stage and perform. One of the things that kept driving me is ‘you got to get to Nashville,’ because any stage in Nashville is a magical feeling because you know you’re standing on the stage where some of the greatest legends ever have stood.”

Serving as the perfect example that dreams do come true, Parton went on to explain that in order to pursue your dreams, “You have to have a lot of faith in who you are, you have to have a lot of confidence in what you believe your gift is, and if you really are capable of thinking you can reach that dream, then you’ve got to work it, you’ve to stay with it, you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice for it.”

“You really have to put those wings, and legs, and hands and fingers on your dream,” she continued. “Meaning you got to get out there and do it. You got to make it happen, it ain’t just going to happen.”

The “9 to 5” singer and East Tennessee native went on to welcome race fans into Music City.

“Everybody wants to do their best at what they think their gift is, and if you really have that burning desire, you feel like it’s your duty, it’s your job, to get out there and have it heard, have it seen,” Parton added. ”I really think that’s what drives most people with a great talent, we burn with that desire to let people know we’ve got something that is magical. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Nashville!”

Jeff Behnke, the NBC Sports Vice President, praised Parton for virtually partaking in the race festivities.

“Dolly was gracious enough to spend time with our production team appearing on-camera and voicing this special opening tease for Sunday’s race,” Behnke said. ”Who better to welcome NASCAR fans from across the country than Tennessee native and country music superstar Dolly Parton.”

Parton’s song “Run,” from her new album, Run, Rose, Run, was also featured during NBC Sports on-air coverage of the race.

Dubbed “NASHCAR,” the Ally 400 took place at the Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26. The event brought out a plethora of country music artists, including, Kane Brown, who served as the Grand Marshall, as well as Brothers Osborne, who headlined the pre-race concert, and Reyna Roberts, who sang the National Anthem.

Morgan Wallen, Tyler Braden, Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Julia Cole, Peytan Porter, Shelby Darrall, Charles Esten, Halle Kearns, Mason Ramsey, and more were also in attendance. 

Keith Urban also partook in the festivities virtually.

Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.