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What do NASCAR pros use as their daily drivers?

This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles are not legal street-driven vehicles. In fact, NASCAR race cars are a lot different than the one you drive. So despite what you see in commercials, they are not the daily drivers of your favorite oval track hero. NASCAR success and fame comes with a nice payday, and the drivers can afford pretty much any vehicle made, which explains the wide variety found on this list of their rides of choice.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The Earnhardt family has been in Chevy dealerships for generations, and Jr has a particular affinity for the Camaro. A fourth generation Camaro could be bought with dealer modifications to become an “Intimidator SS”, and this process was repeated in 2011 with a fifth generation Camaro SS making 704 hp. Intimidator indeed. While Jr sells these at his dealership, he’d rather drive the older ones. He owns a silver 1967 Camaro rebuilt by Detroit Speed Inc., featuring a traditional small block Chevy v8 with aluminum heads and a carburetor running power to a five-speed stick. A different flavor is available with his orange 1972 Camaro. This one has a modern six-speed and LS2 v8, but the EFI has been ripped out in favor of a carb. Oddities of his collection include a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and a Pontiac G8 converted to look like a Holden Commodore.

Danica Patrick

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If you’ve seen even one race on TV, you have seen Danica Patrick enjoying burnouts in that late-model Camaro SS in the commercial for Peak Antifreeze. While the base Mercedes M-class is a nice luxury SUV, it just isn’t enough for a race driver. Danica selected the ML63 AMG version, for a 5.5L V8 with 518 horsepower. Yes, this SUV has more power than a restrictor plate equipped Sprint Car. The six-figure Benz hauls almost as much stuff as it does haul ass, but when she wants to go faster, she’s got a car for that. Her Lamborghini Gallardo has a 5.0L v10 with 513 hp. Danica understandably has a hard time with the speed limit in either vehicle, and has been ticketed in both. Hilariously, one time her penalty was to attend driving school.

Tony Stewart

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Smoke drives whatever he wants. That’s evident in his most popular ride, a 1984 Cadillac Brougham hearse. Unique Autosports in Long Island, New York took on the task of changing the sleepy blue hearse into a wild monster of a limo. In addition to custom bodywork, paint, and wheels, the interior was entirely replaced with an entertainment system better than what is in most people’s houses. A 32” tv, liquor cabinet, and enough bass to cause an earthquake round out the features. His other rides include a 2003 Hummer H2 that DUB worked over, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette pace car, a host of ‘50s and ‘60s American Iron, and a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey & the Bandit black and gold.

Jeff Gordon

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It’s been a long time since Earnhardt Sr called him “Wonder Boy”, so it’s understandable that Jeff Gordon’s daily driver is the modern version of the family station wagon. His Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid appears to be stock, but even so sports 332 horsepower and can comfortably haul his wife and two kids. If that isn’t good enough reason, the 6.0L v8 can tow, or if you are easy on the gas pedal this 6,000 lb brick can get 23 MPG. Not bad, but on date nights he probably drives either his Jaguar XK8 or sweet 1933 Ford coupe.

Joey Logano

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One of NASCAR’s younger drivers, Joey has an affinity for vehicles three times his age. His well-documented favorite is a rat rod 1937 GMC truck. It’s a custom creation he took a liking to and offered to buy from the builder/previous owner. It sports a 327 carbureted small block, and the cab has been chopped and extended. The grille is from a similar era Packard, and overall it looks great slammed and fenderless, sitting on some wide whitewalls. Its a million different colors, as rat rods should be, and Joey has no intention of painting it.

Greg Biffle

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Mustangs are everywhere, but watch out for the one driven by Greg Biffle. This particular 2008 Ford Mustang GT500 has been turned up to 11, while being sneaky about it. While a factory stock GT500 is no slouch, after a 5.4L v8 from Roush Yates Racing, custom cams, and tuning by Prodyno, this street car is probably faster than a Sprint car. The Custom Mustang looks like the day it came from the factory with zero body modifications, but puts down 983 horsepower at the wheels. Better not let Danica get ahold of it, or the trunk will be filled with speeding tickets.

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Written by Andy Jensen

Image Credits: Ford, NASCAR, Car and Driver , yimg.com

The Magic Behind the Local Car Show

I assume anyone reading this post has been to at least one car show. There are just as many categories of car shows as there are types of cars. I’ve been to a lot of different ones but the nostalgic feeling and genuineness found at the local car shows can’t be found anywhere else. And the knowledge you gain from talking to the folks who actually owned and worked on these cars is different from the MPG and HP ratings you find on a sheet at the large international shows. But before I get all sentimental over these local events, I’d like to take some time to explain how these opinions were formed.

About 10 years ago, I went to my first car show with my uncle and his family. This wasn’t a run of the mill local car meet; this was the New York International Auto Show…one of the largest automotive enthusiast events in the world. With hundreds, maybe thousands of cars at display, there was something for everyone to see. From insanely priced and powerful exotics such as the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT to the grocery getters we’re more likely to drive in our lifetimes, all were parked and glistening on what would be the equivalent of a red carpet for cars. [keep reading]

Mojo Motors Blog: Best of 2011 (Part 2)

Green GT Mojo Motors Blog Cool used car of the future imageThis is the Mojo Motors Blog second and final installment featuring the best of 2011. If you haven’t already checked out Best of 2011 Part 1, do it now. Since Mojo Motors only sells used cars, we started a segment called “Cool Used Car of the Future” to recognize the most awesomest concepts and exotic cars that, one day, will be available on the used market. Keep reading for our top favorites.

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Mojo tip: don't put music in car videos

It’s a simple fact – music ruins car videos. After featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator and its 704 horses as a “Cool used car of the future,” we wanted to know what its engine and exhaust sounded like. Thing is, each one of its videos has background music, effectively overpowering the Camaro’s engine noise. This seems to be a common theme across YouTube on lots and lots of driving videos. For gear heads, this can be depressing or at least we think so. In example one, we have a compilation of Nascar wrecks that should let the listener hear the smashing metal and burning rubber. This isn’t the case.

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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Ending each week on the Mojo Motors Blog is “Putting it into park,” a compilation of newsworthy links from the past five days.

World Record Breaking Hearses in Hell Michigan

-A parade of 51 hearses in Hell, Michigan breaks the Guinness World Record. [link]

-Taking a page out of the Tesla Motors book of delays, Alfa Romeo pushes back the release of their 4C roadster. [link]

-The 1969 Camaro was named the greatest Chevrolet ever, but did the voters get it right? [link]

-Jalopnik’s ten best car commercials ever. [link]

-Completely customize the new Ford Mustang down to the hood pins. [link]

-A new reality show on the Discovery Channel, “Carfellas,” is about three guys who run a used auto lot. [link]

-Auto blog Hooniverse is “staking a claim in the automotive fringe.” They also have a cool name. [link]


Photo credits: Livingston Daily

The greatest Chevrolet ever

In honor of their 100th birthday, Chevrolet let drivers vote on the Best Chevy Ever. The winner was a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro garnering over 25,000 votes. First runner-up was the 1970 Chevelle SS. Second runner-ups were the 1953 Corvette and 1957 Bel Air.

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Mojo Motors polled fans on the Mojo Motors Facebook page and while most agreed that the 1969 Camaro was the greatest Chevy, other heavy favorites emerged. For some fans, the greatest Chevy ever is the Plymouth GSX, 1987 Thunderbird, 1969 Barracuda, AMC Gremlin or Pontiac Fiero. Thing is, we’re pretty sure those aren’t Chevys and unless the Fiero is a Ferrari clone, it’s not great at all. For the real picks of the greatest Chevrolets, look at the pictures below and enjoy. [keep reading]

The Monday Grind

Too busy watching football and managing your fantasy roster over the weekend? Then here’s what you missed.

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-Pictured above is the Heide Performance Products Richard Petty Superbird based on the 1970 Plymouth Superbird  [link]

-The most powerful Chevy Camaro ever, the ZL1, has 580 horses. [link]

-“You really couldn’t get them to do anything,” the stunt coordinator said of the Ford Mustangs used in the film Drive. [link]

-England is home to fish, chips and this creepy bus graveyard. [link]

-The Car Show feels a lot like Top Gear as they as they race two sets of unlikely cars. [link]

Mojo Deals: What could you get for the price of a new Chevy Camaro?

Thanks to the suggestion from our Mojo fans, today’s new vs. used comparison car in the 2011 Chevy Camaro. We’ve chosen a fully equipped 2LT RS to compare to a range of excellent used vehicles on the Mojo website. Let’s break down the stats of our Camaro.

New Car
2011 Chevy Camaro RS
Engine: 312hp 3.6l V6
Performance: 0-60 in 5.9sec
MSRP: $30,700

But what could you get for the same money on Mojo? Certainly something with a little more… umm…. Mojo!

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