Blake Shelton took to the stage yesterday, but this time it had nothing to do with music.
Blake was on hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday night to help induct his friend, driver Dale Jarrett, and for once Blake left the fun and games on the sideline while he got emotional giving his speech.
“Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to witness in person some really cool things hanging around you people,” Blake said from the stage. “And the best part is back in the day I got to bring my dad along with me. … I watched him shove old women and children aside at Talladega to shake the hands of his favorite drivers.
“As years went on, Dale and I crossed paths many time and although my dad’s health began to keep him from traveling, he loved hearing all the stories about the time I spent with Dale.
“And even though I know he was beyond proud of my accomplishments in music, he just couldn’t get over the fact that I got to spend time with guys like Clint Bowyer and Elliott Sadler and most of all, Dale Jarrett.
“And man what I’d give if he could have seen the old boys standing around talking about what was the biggest flower arrangement at his funeral. Not because it was so big but because it came from Dale Jarrett. I hope you drivers realize the kind of impact you have on the lives of everyday, hard-working people, people like my dad.”
It’s nice to see Blake like this, so emotional and serious.
Check out video of Blake helping to induct Dale Jarrett below.