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Cars and girls have been the basis of many a rock ’n’ roll tune, but we don’t normally associate racing and music. Two rare, yet solid, examples of racing-related music involve country legend Marty Robbins and all-girl punk rock band L7. Robbins, famous for his gunfighter ballads and "Smokin’ Cigarettes and Drinkin’ Coffee Blues," actually raced on the NASCAR circuit in the 1960s — when he wasn’t performing at the Grand Ole Opry. On L7’s Hungry for Stink, listen to the track "Shirley" which is a tribute to legendary drag racer Shirley Muldowney. It includes dialogue from the movie about Muldowney’s life, Heart Like a Wheel (1983).

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