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Bear Bryant riding shotgun at Talladega this weekend

David Reutimann AP

In April of 2010, the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2009 BcS championship was honored with a paint scheme on David Reutimann‘s Toyota (pictured) at NASCAR’s Talladega spring race.

The next year at the same track, Auburn 2010 title team was honored in a similar manner.  This year, it’s the Tide’s (left) turn yet again… with a very, very cool twist.

This Sunday at Talladega, a track that definitely has SEC speed, a Crimson Tide paint scheme will adorn the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota driven by Kansas native and lifelong Jayhawk fan Clint Bowyer, who has won the past two fall races at this weekend’s track.

“I’m a pretty big KU fan,” Bowyer said according to SPEED.com. “I think everybody knows that. But the Alabama partnership came along with [sponsor] Aaron’s, and the SEC partnership that they have after they had Alabama on it, and winning the national championship this year. Certainly [I’m] a KU fan, but respect all athletics and certainly respect what they’ve accomplished in the past years. It’s going to be fun to have the Alabama colors for one day.”

The paint scheme’s not the really cool part, though.  The helmet Bowyer will wear?  That is:

That.  Is.  Awesome. (And courtesy of Bowyer’s Twitter feed)

I’m a NASCAR diehard and Junior fan through and through, but I’ll admit that it’d be pretty damn cool to see that helmet in Victory Lane, especially at a track in the state of Alabama just over 100 miles from the coaching legend’s old stomping grounds.

Precedence, though, suggests that’s a fairly long shot at what’s annually a crapshoot of a race.  Reutimann drove the original Tide-themed car to a 14th-place finish, while Michael Waltrip was one lap down and in 28th place at the end in the Tigers-themed car.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Orlando Sentinel)

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14 Responses to “Bear Bryant riding shotgun at Talladega this weekend”
  1. cometkazie says: May 2, 2012 8:53 AM

    “Precedence, though, suggests that’s a fairly long shot at what’s annually a crapshoot of a race. Reutimann drove the original Tide-themed car to a 14th-place finish, while Michael Waltrip was one lap down and in 28th place at the end in the Tigers-themed car.”
    +=+=+

    I’m not gonna say anything . . . .

    Nuttin.

    Love the SEC.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: May 2, 2012 9:50 AM

    cometkazie:

    That is wisdom, maybe that is what I need to say as well,

    “I’m not gonna say anything….Nuttin. {Love the LSU Tigers and } love the SEC.”

  3. bassmaster357 says: May 2, 2012 10:05 AM

    Bowyers, win or loss, Paul “bear” Bryant will allways be a winner in everybody’s heart.
    Didn’t matter to him if you were 1st string or 4th string he gave a lot of people a good chance to be winners. Long live the “Bear” and the SEC.Love them both.

  4. florida727 says: May 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    JT, you’re a Junior fan? Knew there was a reason I liked you (just couldn’t figure out what it was) :)

    More serious question: why is there NOT a CFT-type blog site for NASCAR? Considering the vast number of fans they have, you’d think it would be a natural fit. Hasn’t anybody at NBCSports.com broached the subject?

    I guess the one negative is, the loyalty to a particular driver is usually so intense, the comment posts could get, let’s just say, “ugly”, and leave it at that… But still, it would be one of the most popular blogs for ‘hits’ (read: advertisers) on the Internet.

  5. John Taylor says: May 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    @florida727: I was a Senior fan as far back as I can remember, and was a Junior fan the second he hit the Busch series.

    As for the other question, I have indeed broached that subject and hope that’s something that could be done at some in the future. And I don’t know that the Kyle Busch fans vs (insert fan of other driver here) would be any worse than the SEC vs. Big Ten tiffs that happen around here on a regular basis. ;-)

  6. kozbee says: May 2, 2012 11:51 AM

    I love Nascar !!!

  7. florida727 says: May 2, 2012 1:19 PM

    JT, thanks. If it ever comes to fruition, you have my contact information. In all seriousness, I’d love to be part of it. I know you work with other bloggers covering college football. There should be room for an additional body on the NASCAR blogging team (assuming my writing skills qualify). – DJ…

  8. blueinok says: May 2, 2012 1:44 PM

    I love Talladega. Hubby going to be there this weekend. If you had to choose a NASCAR race to go to – the fall Talladega race is the bomb!
    Go Junior! While a Michigan fan – you cannot but respect the “Bear”.

  9. bunnyslope says: May 2, 2012 5:12 PM

    NO! IT! AIN’T!

    War Eagle!

  10. cometkazie says: May 2, 2012 5:25 PM

    florida727 says:
    May 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    More serious question: why is there NOT a CFT-type blog site for NASCAR? Considering the vast number of fans they have, you’d think it would be a natural fit. Hasn’t anybody at NBCSports.com broached the subject?
    +=+=+

    You havta be able to read and write.
    {ducking}

    Talladega and Pocono are my favorite tracks along with Watkins Glen and that road course on the west coast.

    I’m not much for the Bristols, Richmonds, and Loudons.

  11. alligatorsnapper says: May 2, 2012 6:45 PM

    cometkazie:

    Talladega is awesome. I learned to bring ear plugs, though.

    Southernpatriots and their SEC groups of doctors and dentists who travel up to Appalachia each year, stop off for races at Bristol. I have never been but heard it is crazy there. They do not like the Richmond venu either.

    For the history and experience, the southernpatriots’ family said they love Daytona. I have been there for some minor races, but never the 500.

    Now all ya’ll (cometkazie, florida727, etc.) are all having too much fun! I love NASCAR!

  12. cometkazie says: May 2, 2012 8:32 PM

    Gives up something to watch until college football fires up.

  13. Hugh R. Damwright says: May 3, 2012 3:44 AM

    I hate NASCAR and that’s still awesome.

  14. charger383 says: May 3, 2012 10:56 PM

    But why does it have to be on a damn toyota?

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