Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride opened the NASCAR Daytona 500 event on Sunday, February 20, with adrenaline pumping performances to get the drivers and fans ready for the day.

Nothing gets adrenaline surging through a race car driver’s veins like some high octane country music. Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride were on tap to get the juices flowing before the racing fiends revved their engines at the NASCAR Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

It was only fitting that Paisley performed ‘Water,’ with his electric blue guitar popping against his red T-shirt and white 10-gallon hat, in what could have been an unintentional patriotic display! A chorus of cheers erupted when Paisley sang the song’s “Daytona Beach on Spring Break” lyric. Before launching into his new single ‘This is Country Music,’ which is the title track of his new album due out in May, Paisley said, “Being a country music artist, I am so proud to share the greatest fanbase in the world with NASCAR.” He then performed ‘Mud on the Tires,’ another song totally appropriate for a NASCAR pre-race performance, since it references cars, Chevys and four-wheel drive.

via Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride Open NASCAR Daytona 500 - Taste of Country.

Did you watch the race or the show last night? What did you think of this year's event?