Warning: You might see Michael Waltrip dancing

Thu, Jan 7
Michael Waltrip & Dale Earnhardt Jr.AP Photo/Matt SlocumMichael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be among the NASCAR drivers at Sound & Speed.

NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip sticks out in a crowd. He's 6-foot-5, has a big Southern drawl and can't dance. Not a lick. But he loves to try.

"And I sing way more than people wished I did," he said.

So, if you're in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday, be on the lookout.

Waltrip and his buddies Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and a host of other NASCAR stars will be invading Music City for the fifth annual Sprint Sound & Speed.

The two-day event, which combines NASCAR and country music, has attracted 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 for Victory Junction (a camping experience founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children with serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

"It's a natural to marry those two things, racing and country music," said Waltrip, who has semi-retired from racing and now owns his own team. "Nashville is one of my favorite cities. I don't need an excuse to go there. And this event is helping a great cause."

Among the NASCAR stars scheduled to appear are Waltrip, Earnhardt, Stewart, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Reed Sorenson.

The country music stars performing include Hank Williams Jr., Vince Gill, Chris Young, Jason Michael Carroll and Josh Turner.

"Growing up in Nashville, this weekend will be special to me," said Young, who was the winner of the TV show "Nashville Star." "I love NASCAR and I'll get a chance to meet a lot of the drivers. I'm going to have to contain myself from asking for autographs."