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Dodge's car's the fastest car
NASCAR's ever seen
I'll paint it Petty blue
That's what I'll do just like 43
Richard had a part in the movie, and I got to know him pretty well. On his last day on the set I surprised him by singing the song to him in front of the whole cast. I think it touched him.
When we finished writing the song, I felt strongly that it might have a home with NASCAR. My first instinct was that it could be a theme song. When I realized that NASCAR didn't really have one, I began to think that maybe there was a match here. I think it taps into what makes NASCAR racing special: that thrill that anything is possible. The sport was founded by a dreamer, and it is supported by dreamers across the country. It is a uniquely American sport, and this song is dedicated to all the dreamers who still hope to get their cars off the blocks and go the distance.
KEVIN COSTNER, 55, is a film actor, director and producer. He has appeared in more than 40 films, including Dances with Wolves, for which he won two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) and a Golden Globe (Best Director) in 1991. His band, Modern West, released its first album, Untold Truths, in 2008.