Life in the Fast Lane: Hollywood and NASCAR Stars Collide

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400
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Mar. 27 2017, Updated 4:05 p.m. ET

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The paparazzi had to fill up their gas tanks in a hurry when they heard that an unprecedented number of celebrities were spotted 90-miles south of Hollywood.

Something new and different has been going on at NASCAR races this season and Hollywood’s finest came to see what all the fuss is about.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Taylor Lautner, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz from This Is Us, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, Wilmer Valderrama, Tommy Lee, Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright, Kaitlin Olson, and Terry Crews were just some of the celebrities that showed up during NASCAR’s annual visit to southern California.

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While Hollywood’s relationship with NASCAR has gone on for decades, (Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder) the two sides have been caught canoodling more than ever as of late. At this point, it is safe to say, this is more than just a fling.

The new era of NASCAR – boasting a crop of young and edgy drivers that have been thrilling fans at 200 MPH -- has attracted more than 200 celebrities to races in the last year. Channing Tatum, Keanu Reeves, Cuba Gooding Jr., Waka Flocka, Wyclef Jean, Owen Wilson, Chris Pratt, Adam Sandler, Vince Vaughn, Jordin Sparks and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few.

You know the saying, that athletes want to be actors and actors want to be athletes? There must be something to that because NASCAR’s LA office has been closing deals left and right in Tinseltown. reported, six drivers in the newly minted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson) have landed roles in the Steven Soderbergh heist film Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes and Seth McFarlane. The film is set for release on August 18.

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Four of NASCAR’s young studs -- Chase Elliott, Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace -- are voicing characters in Disney’s Cars 3, set for release on July 16.

It has been reported that Keanu Reeves has been tapped to play a down and out NASCAR driver looking to reinvigorate his career in China in the upcoming Lionsgate movie, Rally Car.

Need more proof that this relationship is real? Watch this hilarious video from @NASCAR featuring Adam Sandler dressed up in character at a recent NASCAR race in Las Vegas to promote his upcoming NETFLIX movie Sandy Wexler.

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