Random Power Rankings: Track mascots for National Mascot Day
By Steve Luvender | Thursday, June 17, 2021
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June 17 is National Mascot Day, but you already knew that. Plenty of mascots roam around at tracks on the NASCAR circuit, entertaining fans young and old. Here are some of our favorites to celebrate this momentous holiday.
Twitter | @ChicagolndSpdwy
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What’s faster than a cheetah? In the animal kingdom, not much. Dash seems to have way more chill than most cheetahs found in nature, so he makes the list.
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The best monkey in racing since Jocko Flocko.
Twitter | @MISpeedway
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One of the newest mascots in NASCAR, Brooks (his full name) “prefers high-waisted khaki shorts and has a soft spot for groundhogs, gummy bears and whoever finishes last.” Same, my friend.
Twitter | @RaceSonoma
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Burnin’ Bovine, visible from outside roads, looks out over Sonoma Raceway. At first we wondered why the track selected a cow as its mascot, until quickly realizing something wine-themed probably wouldn’t play too well with kids.
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Pit Boss has the head of a die and smiles all the time. We love such a positive outlook and a regionally-appropriate head.
Twitter | @NMHS
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I mean, have you seen those dance moves? And we love a good pun (Milo, like the “Magic Mile”).
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One of the shortest tracks has the highest number of mascots. But we love these oh-so-adorable sibling raccoons, even though they’re always getting into the trash cans.
Twitter | @CLTMotorSpdwy
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Something tells me, unlike many other mascots in our list, anthropomorphic lug nuts are not found in nature. I’m like 99% sure of this. Anyway, Lug Nut’s a one-of-a-kind mascot; you immediately know by his comically-oversized lug-nut-shaped head that he’s the mascot for a race track and not somebody dressed as a walking animal.
Twitter | @PoconoRaceway
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Tricky the Fox embodies everything to love about a track mascot. He makes plenty of appearances away from the track, his name serves a dual purpose (the track is nicknamed the “Tricky Triangle,” and a fox, you see, is known for being crafty). Plus, you never know when you’ll come across a fox on an actual NASCAR track.
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Look, let me level with you here. I ranked Miles the Monster as No. 1 out of fear of my own personal safety. Much like the "Monster Mile," Miles is terrifying and made of concrete. Perhaps the most impressive part about Miles is he’s an actual 46-foot-tall monster who stands outside the track. Now, please, Miles. Don’t eat me.