In one of my favorite pieces of (relatively) recent automotive journalism, Sam Smith from Road & Track took lapped a road course setup and very, very cheap ex-NASCAR around Road America and had wildly positive things to say about the experience.
Given the fact that ex-stock cars are very plentiful and very, very cheap, I've been wondering when I'd start seeing them in more unnatural places until today when I stumbled onto this video from YouTube channel BridgeToGantry that has an older, "Late Model" stock car lapping Germany's famed Nordschleife. Needless to say I clicked faster than the speed of sound.
Now, the video is mislabeled as "REVIEW: Driving a NASCAR* on the Nurburgring" which sharp-eyed viewers will know isn't exactly right. Rather than being a proper Winston/Sprint/Monster Energy Cup car, this is a lower-class "Late Model" stock car. It's very similar, though, in its technology, making use of a big old American V8 that revs much higher than you'd expect, a four-speed Jericho transmission and a live rear axle.
It doesn't have the screaming, epic Roush-Yates crate motor that you'd get in a top-tier NASCAR and as such is down around 300hp, but given how hairy the Nürburgring can be in a car with modern suspension and electronics, we're not going to fault the car's owner.
This is a hilarious way to spend a Sunday morning, so kick back in your bunny slippers with your World's Best Cat Dad mug (everyone totally has one of those, right?) and turn your computer speakers way up.