There are a lot of things that sound unnatural to combine, but actually make for quite an interesting surprise when they are. The combination of turkey, duck, and chicken - the Turducken - comes to mind. Who really needs three different birds– at the same time? However, while the latest combination might sound crazy, it just might make a bit more sense then that. Top Gear USA and NASCAR have just announced NASCAR’s Top Gear 300. The race will be part of NASCAR’s Nationwide series and will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th, 2011.
While those dedicated to Top Gear UK may at first be very much against Top Gear USA’s partnership since all NASCAR does is, “turn left”, it actually makes quite a lot of sense.
The reason Top Gear UK is so good is twofold. First off, Top Gear UK’s got chemistry. Clarkson, Hammond and May are all “best mates” on and off the screen and that shows; it’s part of what makes Top Gear UK so fun. Top Gear UK also has a massive amount of viewers. The massive amount of viewers allows the BBC to give Top Gear UK a bigger budget, which finances better production and the road trips that we all know and love. Vietnam, the North Pole, and Bolivia– none of those would have happened without the money.
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While Top Gear USA’s first season was not up to par with the latest British series, compared to the first series from over the pond it was quite good. The chemistry among the American hosts is getting there. The one thing that they do need is more money to finance more of the adventures that we know and love.
That’s where NASCAR comes in. NASCAR is the worlds most watched spectator sport. It’s a motorsport and presumably, those that watch it have interests similar to those who watch Top Gear USA. By putting the Top Gear brand on a race, Top Gear taps the huge unwashed horde that is the NASCAR audience. If Top Gear manages to capture even a small percentage of NASCAR’s audience, it’s own ratings would shoot up, giving it more money and allowing it to be more like its British counterpart, yet with a distinctly American twist.