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.

What do you think?
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  (197) posted on 09.8.2011

Yeah, that’s quite awesome. I never thought that Top Gear and NASCAR could collaborate and form a racing car like this.

  (449) posted on 09.8.2011

Wow, that’s quite an awesome event between the Top Gear and NASCAR. Too bad that I haven’t seen this race!

  (798) posted on 07.25.2011

The first season of the Top Gear is not that good. And its kind of generous for the NASCAR to help the show to be established. Now, there are millions of viewers for the Top Gear USA and they have started their second season.

  (580) posted on 07.25.2011

I think it would be better if the trio have tried to drive the NASCAR! Well, with a well known sponsor like the NASCAR I bet its just enough to continue the show although they have have a small rate of viewer.

  (442) posted on 06.24.2011

There were reasons why audiences kept on comparing both versions. It can be how the hosts delivered their task and the features (cars) they used were also compared. However, we cannot guarantee a perfect satisfaction on both programs.

  (488) posted on 06.17.2011

I really don’t get it why these people keep on comparing UK and US. we all know that the hosts have different styles and approach on the program. It really saddened me upon reading some are not satisfied with the US version.

  (600) posted on 03.18.2011

Yeah, you’re right. NASCAR won’t risk this one if they know that this is a flop. Besides, Clarkson and the guys back at the UK are actually praising the show.

  (692) posted on 03.18.2011

Come to think of it, this one actually shows that Top Gear US is actually doing rather well. NASCAR would obviously not want to partner with them if they were actually not making it big.

  (309) posted on 03.17.2011

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see if they would actually be able to pull this one off. Who knows, this might very well be success in the making.

  (380) posted on 03.17.2011

I wonder how they would pull this one off. I am really not that impressed with the first season of Top Gear US (OK, I am a Clarkson purist), so I am a bit skeptical with this.

  (364) posted on 03.17.2011

@larshenriksen68: I don’t agree. TopGear UK is far better than TopGear USA. They are the original and definitely much popular. And according to the article,TopGear UK has a large volume of viewers and also Top Gear USA’s first season "was not up to par" with the latest series of Top Gear UK!

  (9) posted on 03.16.2011

Top gear USA first season was a complete “wanabee” show compared to the original UK show! As simple as that!

Top Gear USA teaming up with NASCAR……………only turning left…………….that says it all and I think that is where the show slips from the complexity of its European counterpart.

Comparing the first US season (2010) with the first UK season (re-launched in 2002) does not make sense nor should it be used as an excuse for not have learned from around 8 years of recording in the UK.

No, through Tanner off the show and get someone who are (act) less as an amateur. He falls way short of Adam and not less Rutledge in way of communicating with the audience. He talks like he is reading right out of a script.

  (302) posted on 03.16.2011

Nice, TopGear and NASCAR joining for one event, this one is definitely a must. While the TopGear US hosts might not be as great as Clarkson and the boys back at the UK, this would still do a lot to make the US show interesting.

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