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Megadeth, Gimme Radio Joins Reddick’s Ride at Loudon

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

For 35 years, Megadeth have changed the music industry as being part of “The Big Four” of thrash metal (alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer). Now they’re joining forces with Richard Childress Racing and sponsoring Xfintiy Series “Big Three” member Tyler Reddick’s No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Gimme Radio, a music app designed for metal fans, has an association with the legendary metal band led by Dave Mustaine, hoping the partnership can create some thunderous buzz on the NASCAR community, like it has been to him.

“One of the reasons I was excited to work with Gimme Radio was because of the team’s dedication to serving the under-served fan, which in the metal word, was huge,” says Mustaine. “The Gimme Radio community has grown into a place where friendships have been formed by metalheads all over the world.  It’s a really special way to connect with the fans, as I’m sure Tyler Reddick found out when he hosted his first show on Gimme Country.”

The Grammy award-winning guitarist commented that having his group on Reddick’s car is mind-blowing as the championship leader will be searching for his fourth win of 2019.

“Megadeth’s been around for 35 years, and I thought we’d done it all, but being a part of the Richard Childress Racing’s team on their 50th anniversary is mind-blowing,” said Mustaine. “Megadeth has always been built for speed, and as a NASCAR fan, I’m beyond stoked to have the band represented on this Camaro, with Tyler behind the wheel. We wish him all the best on race day!”

Gimme Radio is an app where shows are curated by celebrity DJs such as Mustaine, Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko, and star of Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Pimentel. It’s also an outlet where metal fans can interact with the DJs through chat and other fans worldwide.

Tyler Lenane, CEO of Gimme Radio, said he’s thrilled about Wednesday’s sponsorship deal after the sister app, Gimme Country, was on his Camaro in the Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona, where he finished 16th.

“It was amazing to see Tyler Reddick drive the Gimme Country car at Daytona,” said Lenane. “And it’s really cool to see how the excitement of that race spilled over to our amazing metal community. We’re excited to include them this time around! We can’t wait to see the reaction of NASCAR fans — and Gimme Radio fans — to this awesome Megadeth car when it debuts in New Hampshire.”

For Reddick, it’ll be the second major musician act on his car this season. At Bristol Motor Speedway in April, the Californian drove a bright pink Dolly Parton Camaro, starting and finishing second.

As a metalhead that listened to Megadeth growing up, Reddick found the deal as a cool opportunity to grow Gimme Radio.

“We’ve had some really unique opportunities to showcase some legendary musicians on the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro this season,” said Reddick. “First it was Dolly Parton back at Bristol Motor Speedway, and now we have Megadeth on the car for New Hampshire Motor Speedway thanks to Gimme Radio. I’m excited to showcase Gimme Radio’s metal station after having Gimme Country on the Camaro at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month.

“I actually listened to a lot of metal bands growing up and racing dirt late models, so to see one of the icons of that music genre on my Camaro for a race is awesome. It’s cool that during Megadeth’s 35th anniversary they are partnering with RCR during our 50th, so I hope I can make both organizations proud this weekend.”

Reddick enters the New Hampshire 200 with a commanding points lead over the other “Big Three” members. He has a 67-point lead over Christopher Bell and 75 ahead of five-time series winner Cole Custer as the race will commence July 20 at 4:00 pm EST on NBCSN.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.