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NASCAR Notables and their Celeb Lookalikes


12. Fred Durst and CWTS driver Matt Crafton

“I did it all for the rookie!”
Limp Bizkit was the hottest up-and-coming band 15 years ago, not unlike Matt Crafton in the Truck Series. They are back together again and regaining their relevance, as is Crafton who is in prime position to challenge for the Camping World Truck Series championship — if his early-season success can keep “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’.” Yeah, that’s cheesy. But so is Fred.

by Vito Pugliese

11. Boris Said and the GEICO Caveman

“So simple, even a road racer can do it.”
Boris Said only shows up every now and then in NASCAR — on one occasion, he even threatend to beat up Greg Biffle in his driveway. That sort of cro-magnon challenge conjured up images of GEICO’s main spokesman, the Caveman. That’s when GEICO was serious, you know, before it started using talking pigs, owls and camels.

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10. Meatloaf and Jimmy Spencer

“Dead ringer for Spence”
Layne Staley of Alice In Chains once said, “Nobody ever asks Meatloaf, ‘What do you eat? Why do you eat so much? Shouldn't you lose some weight?’ No, he shouldn't. He's ****ing Meatloaf.” The same can be said for Jimmy Spencer, a NASCAR treasure nicknamed Mr. Excitement, who lived up to the name by going after Wally Dallenbach while he was still strapped in his car – on the track – and was the deciding factor in Kurt Busch getting a little touch up on the proboscis.

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9. Debbie Rowe and Pat Tryson

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror … I think.”
In recent years, Pat Tryson has served as crew chief for Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr., amongs. However, it always struck me how if he took off the headset and threw on a wig, he could pass as Michael Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe. This would have been more relevant about seven years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

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8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Woody from “Toy Story”

“Danica, there’s a snake in my boot!”
It’s kind of odd how everybody seems to be busting out cowboy hats in the garage area these days. I’ve always maintained that the only guy in a cowboy hat that makes sense is Richard Petty — though whose going to argue with Dale Earnhardt and Cale Yarborough if they were so inclined? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has done the lid proud however, winning back-to-back Nationwide Series titles and landing a Daytona 500 pole-winner (and SI Swimsuit model) for a girlfriend, all the while doing his best “Woody from ‘Toy Story’” impersonation.

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7. Jeremy Mayfield and Ronnie Shirley of “Lizard Lick Towing”

“Like he’s not going to end up on the show …”
In the late 1990s, Jeremy Mayfield was one of Ford’s top young talents in the Sup Series, landing a ride as Rusty Wallace’s teammate with Penske Racing. After getting Dodge up to speed, then publically calling out Ray Evernham’s love life, Mayfield began a steep dive into drugs, theft and other unsavory activities. Allegedly. He filed for bankruptcy last year, which means one thing: it’s only a matter of time before Ronnie Shirley and his Mayfield-esque flat top show up to tow something away.

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6. Mark Martin and Clint Eastwood

“Gunny Highway and Epic Swag”
While Mark Martin might be a few inches short than Clint Eastwood (OK, seven, but who’s counting?), they both have a lot in common: they make buzz cuts look cool, squint a lot and have a temporal vein set to explode. Honestly, they’re two of the baddest-assed old guys on the planet who still set the tone as masters of their respective crafts. Martin’s 2014 plans have yet to be announced, but it’s hard to believe he’d walk away since he first pulled back to part-time in 2007. You say he retired? I say he improvised …

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5. Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Elias Brothers’ Big Boy

“Three of a kind”
I knew I had seen that red pear-shaped form with arm raised triumphantly somewhere before when I snapped this picture at a concert in Detroit a few weeks ago. Then it hit me right about the same time I knew I had seen that same expression once before, as well. It’s all so clear now …

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4. Brian Vickers and Kevin Connolly

“So who’s going to be Turtle?”
If that ride in the No. 55 doesn’t pan out for Brian Vickers, perhaps he can be a stand-in for Kevin Connolly of Entourage fame … if that long-rumored movie ever makes it into production.

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3. Cloyd Rivers and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Heard some sissyboy say racin’ ain't a real sport. Gave him a Dale Sr. sack tap and whispered, ‘Other sports only require one ball. Merica.’”
Before Cloyd Rivers went cartoon-ish on Twitter, this avatar — in all its mullet-wearin’, shirtless glory — struck a pose very similar to Dale Earnhardt Jr., a driver one has to assume is one of Cloyd’s favorites. We’ll allow you to insert your own 140-character line tying together Budweiser, the Earnhardt’s, lugwrenches and ‘Merica. It’s ain’t hard.

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2. Tony Stewart and Scott Stapp of Creed

“One (Burger) King”
In 2007, Tony Stewart inexplicably stopped cutting his hair. It continued through ’08, but when the time came to start his own team and court sponsors, he cleaned up his act. Scott Stapp was anything but “clean” around this time and instead opted to camouflage his swollen, glistening appearance with a beautiful Hawaiian lei.

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1. Chad Knaus and Gollum

“Five rings to rule them all”
You can hear the cries and lamentations of the competition already. “Whyyyyy ... why did Hendrick lie to us!” As the architect behind Jimmie Johnson’s improbably run of five consecutive championships, Chad Knaus has Hobbit-stomped the Sprint Cup field into submission for the better part of the last decade. Mordor might be a long way from Moorseville, but the real power of the 48 resides atop the tower of the pit box.

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