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15 Professional Racers Who Bought The Slowest Cars On The Road

One would think that the men and women that drive fast to pay the bills would want to travel at top speeds all the time, and yes, even during the so-called off-season. But as it turns out, for many of these men and women, they prefer a rather laid back approach, as many of them drive slower cars than you’d imagine.

Makes perfect sense, as they can’t drive a race car up to the McDonald’s drive through window, now can they? Or imagine if you will, a Nascar racing vehicle pulling up next to you at the DMV. Doesn’t really seem plausible now does it?

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at a few of these men and women that tear it up on the race track at extremely high speeds, but while at home, drive very slow cars.

15 JOEY LOGANO - FORD ECONOLINE

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Otherwise known as ‘sliced bread’ this Nascar driver has certainly made a name for himself in one of the world’s fastest sports. But this 29 year old Daytona 500 winner (2015) sure doesn’t always drive that fast. At home he drives a Ford Econoline van around to run his errands among other vehicles that lack a little bit of the old speed.

14 TONY STEWART - CADILLAC HEARSE

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At 48, this gentleman is pretty much done with his time racing laps, and yes at top speeds. But he’ s now an owner. Just this past May, he was officially inducted in the Nascar Hall of Fame for his many achievements. And although the vehicles he drives at home are a tad slower than what he was used to in his day (and quite creepy as well), we’d say he deserves to drive whatever he wants to drive.

13 JIMMIE JOHNSON - CHEVY STEPSIDE

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At 43 years of age, Jimmie is still tearing it up on the racetrack, and he does quite well out there. At home though, he prefers a classic sort of truck, and being fans of this model, we can’t really fault him for that. Although this truck isn’t the fastest on the market, nor was it ever, it definitely calls to mind a better automotive era. The Stepside, as it’s known is a gorgeous model, and we’d take it, no matter how slow it goes.

12 DANICA PATRICK - FORD EXPEDITION

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A stern and severe competitor, Danica Patrick sure knows her way around the track, and an engine. With many accolades to her name, she is certainly not to be messed with out there, as she has definitely proven time and time again. But off the track, she’s a lot like many of her counterparts on this list in that she trusts a slower ride, like say, a Ford expedition.

11 KYLE BUSCH - TOYOTA CAMRY

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Out on the track, they call him ‘Rowdy.’ Now we’re not sure he deserves the moniker of the late great Roddy Rowdy Piper, but he sure is fast. But when at home, he trusts the security and steady as you go Toyota Camry. The compact car went into production back in 1982, and the mid-size in 1991. The model is still going strong today and for good reason. But it surely can’t be considered the fastest car out there.

10 JEFF GORDON - CHEVY TAHOE

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This man’s name is pretty synonymous with the sport of stock car racing. He really represented the brand and the sport for a long time, and became somewhat of a spokesman. He’s retired now, but we’re sure he still gets out there every now and again and burns rubber. But if he’s going fast, it isn’t when he’s running his errands, as he prefers to drive vehicles like the Chevy Tahoe while at home.

9 MATT KENSETH - LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

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Although a very luxurious vehicle, the Lincoln navigator sure isn’t the fastest luxury SUV out there. It first went into production in 1997 and is still going strong. It’s the trusted choice of many out there, but again not for its speed, but rather for its name and suggestion of class. This man, who knows a bit about speed chooses it regardless.

8 CARL EDWARDS - FORD FUSION

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This 2016 Coca Cola 600 winner is now retired from the sport, but in his day, he too racked in a few impressive wins—enough to make him a leader in the sport, and one of the most sought after in the media. When he was at home, and is at home these days, he prefers to drive slower vehicles, as we’ve been seeing in this article. The choice for him is a Ford Fusion.

7 RYAN NEWMAN - CHEVY C10

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At 41, he’s still racing today. He’s had a pretty good run and is still going strong. Like some others on this list, he definitely likes his trucks, and although they aren’t fast, they’re definitely built to last, especially with the name Ford attached to it. Again an older model will often win over speed for some gearheads.

6 DALE EARNHARDT JR. - CHEVY S10

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Now this man definitely paid his dues out there on the Nascar track. His name lives on in the sport and he himself has moved on to bigger and brighter things (although he is only semi-retired). He hosts his own podcast and has a plethora of interesting guests. His choice in vehicles at home should definitely be respected even though some of them aren’t all that fast. But the Chevy S10 represents a better era in Chevy trucks … the early 1980s.

5 CHASE ELLIOTT - SILVERADO

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The Silverado has been bashed time and time again as being a pretty inconsistent truck. But of course, there are definitely those that trust it and go to it time and time again. As they say, 'to each his own.' Chase Elliott is definitely one of those people and we can't begrudge him his taste, after all, he does know his way around a vehicle.

4 BUBBA WALLACE - F150

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Now we can definitely congratulate this man on his taste, as the Ford F150 is the single most powerful pickup truck around and is trusted by many, Bubba included over here. There have been many releases in the F Series by Ford and we can't say a negative thing about them. They're definitely 'Built Ford Tough,' as the advertisement says. Not the fastest, but definitely the strongest.

3 JOEY LOGANO - SUBURBAN

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Good old Joey Logano makes the list again, and with yet another slower vehicle than he's used to out on the track. The Suburban is dependable, yes, strong, tough ... again yes; but there have been a few complaints over the years since its inception, we must admit. What we can say for sure: the Suburban sure isn't fast enough to be compared to any stock car we know of.

2 VAUGHN GITTIN - F150 (2004)

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And here's the F150 yet again, but the 2004 version. This earlier model doesn't change anything. It was tough at its inception and its tough as nails now. He's the only Formula Drift driver on the list here today, and on the track, he's used to driving a Mustang. It seems he still trusts the Ford name at home, but way on the other side of the spectrum.

1 JIMMIE JOHNSON - CHEVY VOLT

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Now the word 'Volt' symbolizes energy and electricity, and over the years, both those words conjured up images of speed for many. But this vehicle doesn't hold a candle to the many cars that race laps and laps in Nascar and any other racing organization for that matter. A decent car, yes, but not the choice we'd expect from a racing champ like Jimmie Johnson.

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