8. Kyle Larson’s no-wheel burnout
Apparently the no-wheel burnout is a common sight in Mini Outlaw Sprint Kart racing where young gun Kyle Larson got his start. He brought the tradition into the limelight after winning his first Nationwide Race at Auto Club Speedway.
7. Kyle Busch bows for the people
Kyle Busch, AKA “Shrub”, is probably the most hated driver in NASCAR. Busch is known to feed off the crowd’s negative energy and give a bow to his “adoring” fans.
6. The Polish Victory lap a la Alan Kulwicki
The “Polish Prince” Alan Kulwicki was a driver on a trajectory towards greatness until he was killed in an airplane accident. Kulwicki was a short track ringer and known for making a victory lap in the opposite direction, thus came the term “Polish Victory Lap.” Many drivers have since celebrated race wins with a Polish Victory Lap.
5. The classiest donut by the classiest driver
Jeff Gordon was hated in the 90′s for driving a rainbow-colored car and taking wins away from everyone’s favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon has since become the elder statesman in NASCAR and is generally recognized as being the classiest driver on the track. Consider his perfectly executed donut proof of this.
4. Kissing brick at Indy
Paul Menard’s only race win was at the Brickyard in 2011 after successfully holding off Jeff Gordon in the final laps. Initially believed to be one of the greatest young race car drivers in NASCAR according to Humpy Wheeler, Menard has failed to live up to the hype with zero Chase appearances and a best points finish of 16.
3. Tony is a wild monkey man
Starting after his Pepsi 400 win in 2005, Tony Stewart would climb spectator fencing at race tracks after a race victory, effectively taking the practice from IndyCar driver Hélio Castroneves. After putting on too much weight, Stewart, also known as “Smoke” had to stick to burnouts because he couldn’t climb up the fencing.
2. His nickname should be Carl Flippin’ Edwards
Carl Edwards is famous for his back flips after winning races. The first Edwardian victory stunt came way back in 2003 when he won the Built Ford Tough Truck Series race at Kentucky. Many fans on the Mojo Motors Facebook think it’s only a matter of time until he seriously hurts himself, but until then, the fans love it.
1. Dale Celebration
The greatest NASCAR driver of all-time was winless in the greatest race, the Daytona 500. That all changed in 1998 during the twilight of his career Earnhardt took the checkered flag. The pit crews from every race team went out to high-five the legendary driver. The same track that brought Dale one of his most memorable wins is also the place he died after an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.