"The Race Is On" is a song written by Don Rollins and made a hit by country music artist George Jones. It was the first single released from his 1965 album of the same name. Released as a single in late 1964, it peaked at number three on the BillboardHot Country Singles chart and at number 96 on the BillboardHot 100 in January 1965.
The Grateful Dead covered the song on their 1981 live album, Reckoning. Rockabilly artist Dave Edmunds, in collaboration with the Stray Cats, whose debut album Edmunds had recently produced, recorded a version for his 1981 album, Twangin.... Released as a single, it peaked at number 34 on the UK charts, but failed to chart in the US.
"The Race Is On" returned to the country charts in 1989 when country music band Sawyer Brown covered it and released it as the lead single from their album The Boys Are Back. It peaked at number five in the United States and number three in Canada. The music video was directed by John Lloyd Miller and features Sawyer Brown on their concert tour.