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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. [keep reading]

Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Here is a roundup of auto links from the past five days to welcome in the first weekend of December.

Nascar champions week logo

The 2011 Sprint Cup Series Award Ceremony is on Speed tonight at 9PM

Young drivers are waiting longer to get their driver licenses

The 25 Greatest Audis ever compiled by Complex Mag

GM will loan Volt owners with recalled batteries Corvettes (if they want)

Autoweek is giving away a whole bunch of video game schwag

The personal car collection of late-rally legent Colin McRae


Photo credits: Nascar

Mojo Deals: The Performance Edition!

This week’s new car is the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe base model. The M3 is a great car for driving enthusiasts who long for excellent performance and handling, and sheer automotive excitement. Its 414hp V8 engine will make your heart race and your knuckles turn white! However, with a price tag around $60k, buyers may feel they are not getting enough interior enhancements, and adding options quickly becomes very pricey. The M3 is a beautiful car with terrific performance and drivability, but by taking advantage of the Mojo price, we bet you can get a lot more for your money! First, let’s take a look at the BMW and its specs:

New Car
2011 BMW M3 Coupe (Base)
Engine: 4.0L V8 Manual
Power: 414hp and 295tq
0-60 in 4.2 sec
MSRP: $58,900

So $59k gets you a high-performance and head-turning coupe. However, if you could get the same level of performance without the hefty price tag, how quickly would you jump on that deal? Let’s see what powerful machines we can find for the same price or less on Mojo…

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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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