First, I must address the most amazing “Gentleman, Start Your Engines” ever PERFORMED on national television. That’s right, performed! Actors (and comedians) Kevin James and Adam Sandler were the Grand Marshals for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway and the didn’t fail to deliver what I knew would be the most entertaining command to start engines since I don’t know when. (Off topic right now but this photo, left, is the best photo of Denny Hamlin I’ve seen in quite some time. Just sayin’)
Can we get Kevin James out to every race to do that little dance? Freaking hilarious. If you missed it, video of Sandler and James giving the command is below. They’re promoting their new movie “Grown Ups” which, of course, looks very funny.
My only question about this race is why didn’t Denny Hamlin pick up the giant fake tub of Heluva Good! Sour Cream dip that was sitting on top of his car in Victory Lane? That would of been great, especially if they’d had a giant bag of chips to go with it.
And now this is the point in the year where I talk about how much I love the racing commentary we get from Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach on TNT. I seriously love those guys. They’re always my favorite. It just feels like you’re not getting schtick from them, you’re getting their real opinions and reactions.
Can’t wait to see them in action at Infineon this week! Yay!
Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo and Justin “lil gator” Allgaier, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge, holds an alligator in the Nationwide fan area. (Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
After the rain stopped on Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers — including Austin Dillon (foreground) — signed autographs for 400 fans in the Truck garage. (Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Drivers Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Steve Wallace and Brian Scott answer questions in the media center on Friday at Kentucky Speedway. (Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
(Left to right) Jamie McMurray and his NASCAR Nationwide Series owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer signs autographs for fans on the way to his car during practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. (Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
(Left to right) Kevin James and Adam Sandler, stars of the upcoming movie “Grown Ups,” give the command to start engines for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. (Credit: Kevin Wakefield/Getty Images for NASCAR)
(Left to right) Crew chief Mike Ford sprays his driver Denny Hamlin in Michigan International Speedway’s Victory Lane after winning the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)