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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Commercials We Can’t Unsee

1. He can come clean my house if he wants to, though.

I’m going to go with the Denny Hamlin Toyota spot from a few years back. Part disturbing, part hilarious but completely unforgettable. – Frank Velat

I’m pretty sure this one will be burned into my brain for the rest of my life.  No time should be Denny Time.  Ever.  Gah. – Amy Henderson

2. Those horns, though…

It still amazes me Rusty Wallace didn’t get an Emmy for this performance. It shows how far the drivers (and wardrobe people) have come since this more innocent era of NASCAR advertising. – Matt McLaughlin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZkEaWHY7lw

3. Admit it, you still hear this one in your NASCAR flashbacks.

While he hasn’t been seen at the track in a few years (because he was banned), Jeremy Mayfield had a great one-liner in his debut as pitchman for Dodge and its return to NASCAR after nearly 25 years in hiding. Of note, his date in the commercial is Candice Michelle, the original GoDaddy.com girl. Coincidental, as Dodge and GoDaddy are no longer in the sport. – Vito Pugliese

4. Who was crazy enough to let him have that thing anyway?

OK, this one’s not a commercial, but who thought this was a good idea? Tony Stewart with a flamethrower. – Dan Greene

5. Well, that escalated quickly…

Elliott Sadler picks on Kasey Kahne in the first installment, so Kahne gets his semi-violent revenge in the second.  It’s always that one quiet guy you have to worry about. – Amy Henderson

About the author

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Amy is an 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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Dj

How bout the creepy commercials where middle aged women were after Kasey Kahne. Should at least have gotten an honorable mention

Tom B

Not really creepy, but something for women. Why can’t women have their fantasies. We got Danica.

wildcatsfan2016

I thought those commercials felt more like stalking not so much about fantasy.

DoninAjax

I like the one with Jimmy Johnson driving up the driveway to his house, gets out through the car window, grabs his clothes from the cleaners and goes into the house through the window. I wonder how he qualified for it?

DoninAjax

Oh, and the girl is unforgettable. Jeremy isn’t.

Ken

Don, I don’t think that was Johnson. I think it was Mike Skinner, who had the Lowes sponsorship when he drove a Cup car for Childress. That was before Johnson was in the Cup series, and Lowes moved from Childress to Hendrick.

Bill B

I am surprised none of the “how bad have you got it commercials” didn’t make it.

wildcatsfan2016

LOL actually I liked the Rusty/Alan commercial that was fun. Dj, I’m with you, those creepy commercials for Kahne were awful.

and then there are the Cialis commercials …

DJ

Loved the Zerex commercials. Met Kulwicki at the Ford dealership I worked at when he drove the Zerex Thunderbird. Still have my autographed black and white photo

RAEckart

“You and me both, Junior.” – Tony Eury, Sr.

rg72

The most troubling commercial to me was the first time Bristol needed to run a spot advertising tickets for the night race. A precursor to the troubles facing the sport today.

Charles Hafter

I can’t believe no one has mentioned the singing barbecue grill that was shown over and over.

rg72

How about the Chase “Nation” commercials on ESPN showing filled sports bars, allegedly on Sundays during the fall, full of NASCAR fans?

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