NASCAR Drivers Gear Up For Halloween
Halloween is one of the best times of the year. Dressing up in costumes, we get to transform into someone -- or something -- else, even just for the night.
So, if NASCAR drivers had to dress up as someone in the Sprint Cup garage for Halloween, who would it be? Their responses may surprise you. Others, not so much.
For fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., he would go old-school and dress as one of NASCAR's toughest customers.
"I'd probably be Cale Yarborough when he drove one of the three championship years in the mid-70's or late '70's there when he was driving," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I forget who was the sponsor on that car but it was orange and blue and white. It might have been Holly Farms, yeah. Yeah, it was Holly Farms. But he used to walk around with this suit with these stripes and a big cowboy hat. And I thought that was pretty tough. I thougth he looked like a bad-ass."
Since Halloween is all about scaring people, why not go as one of the scariest people in the garage?
"I think the world is lacking really good Mike Helton costumes," Carl Edwards said. "I think that's what we need more of. That would be fun to go to a party as Mike Helton. You could get the good hair wig, the good mustache. I mean, there could be some really good Mike Helton costumes and, hey, you instantly get more sway than any driver costume there right away, so that's good."
Ryan Newman was thinking along the same lines.
"I guess the no brainer for me would be to dress up like Sheriff Helton," Newman said, commenting on Helton's appearance in a Sprint All-Star Race commercial. "He is the sheriff and I'm pretty sure no one would mess with you at the Halloween party."
Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson opted to avoid the NASCAR-theme, instead going for the 'Duck Dynasty' look.
Jeff Gordon is no stranger to dressing up and hitting posh New York City Halloween parties. The four-time champ dressed up as pirate Jack Sparrow, with wife Ingrid as his first mate.
Gordon's best costume, however, took a little more imagination to figure out.
"I was a one-night stand one year. I was a night stand, with like a lamp shade on my head," Gordon said. "I was a one night stand."
When asked if he had a date, Gordon couldn't help himself.
"Yes, it was my wife. She left a note on the night stand too," he explained. "It said she had a good time."
No stranger to a good time, Tony Stewart has one specific rule when picking his NASCAR-themed costume.
"I'd probably pick one of the beer sponsor drivers," Stewart said. "At least I'd have something that would match my can. That's the only thing I could think of right off hand. I've never been to a Halloween party yet that we haven't enjoyed some adult beverages during the evening, so at least it would match. That's the only thing I can think of."