Thompson told Roughstock
the story of the song: "I had the first three lines of the song written already, before we got together to write," he revealed. "I woke up on my couch, and there was an outdoor channel on … something about Dale Earnhardt. It was like 3:30 a.m. I heard some guy use the term he put the pedal to to the firewall. So I wrote that down. My eyes rolled to the back of my head, and I went back to bed."
"I got up the next morning and wrote those lines, 'I put the good in front of bye, y'all. I put a hole through the dry wall. Pedal to the firewall,'" Thompson continued. "I had those lines for two or three weeks, maybe. I sang them when I sat down to write with the Warren Brothers. They loved it, of course. It kind of went from there. The whole wanted me, wanted me, wanted me, wanted me thing just kind of fell out. That was it. From there, I was hooked. We were all in because we thought it was catchy and hooky, and it was just kind of fun, too."