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Fans loved J.D. Shelburne in Jared Lorenzen jersey — and so did Shelburne (Photos by Amy Shelburne, Amy May)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was a hot, humid day at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Saturday, but that was not going to stop country music singer J.D. Shelburne from slowing down at his concert before the Quaker State 400.

“When you get on stage and hear the music in your ears, its just natural thing and you get pumped,” Shelburne said. “There are times you play and the sound guy has no clue or can’t give yo what you want and you do become frustrated and that shows on stage. You just try to tell yourself you have got to perform like nothing is wrong. That can be hard to fight through that but then sometimes things are perfect like Kentucky Speedway.

“We love performing. Sometimes I get asked where I get my energy during shows. It’s simple. I just love what I do.”

He certainly loved Saturday’s show because it gave him a chance to pay tribute to former UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who died earlier this month at age 38.  Shelburne wore a blue UK jersey that Lorenzen actually wore when he played for the Cats during the entire concert.

How did the fans react?

“They went nuts,” Shelburne said. “They loved it.”

So did Shelburne as shown by these photos his wife, Amy, and fan Amy May took during the concert.

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