TO KEEP FANS coming to races during hard times, NASCAR has turned to Crash himself. Last week Kevin Costner signed to make appearances—including music gigs—at NASCAR events next year. The star of Bull Durham and his band, Modern West, performed at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona last July. Costner met Richard Petty when Petty made a cameo appearance in the 2008 movie Swing Vote, and he has even written a lyric about the King. ("Dodge car is the fastest car NASCAR's ever seen. I'll paint it Petty blue, that's what I'll do, just like 42.") The video for Modern West's song Backyard premieres on NASCAR.com this week.