Admit it.

If you’re a NASCAR (even casual) fan, you’ve probably wondered what it would be like to be a NASCAR driver. If you ever dreamed of becoming a driver, did you probably think about which companies would sponsor your race car?

Do not be shy … it’s okay to admit.

You can follow my example. Here is my confession: “I’ve often wondered which brands I’d like to align with if I’m lucky (and talented) enough to be a NASCAR driver.”

There. It feels good, right?

Of course, the companies or products that I want to have on my car are the ones that I feel are a good steward and those that I can honestly support.

But then I would be happy again with every company that wanted to sponsor me in one of the national NASCAR tour series.

Regardless, here are the five best sponsors I would have on my car.

SUN DROP: You want more honesty? May I help you. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have an “almost” unhealthy relationship with Sun Drop. I was introduced to sweet citrus soda for the first time when I was in high school and have loved it ever since. I lived without it as a daily staple in my diet for about five years while I was near Washington D.C. Life. Trust me, it was a dark time in my life, without Sun Drop. But that all changed when I returned to North Carolina or The Land of Sun Drop. What would my car look like – I would be okay if there was an updated version of the color scheme Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sun Drop sponsored modified car ran in 1994.

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: U.S. Pat. National Park Service is part of U.S.. Department of the Interior, which means that the parking system is part of the US government and therefore most likely will never sponsor a racing car. But I can still dream. As a father of two little boys, I love to take them to the many national parks throughout the country and in the history and beauty they have to offer. Also, imagine how great it would be to have multiple color schemes with Yellowstone’s Geysers, Acadia’s rugged coast, the Yosemite Sequoia, and majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But unfortunately it can only be a dream.

CLAUSSEN PICKLES: If I were smart and as forward-looking as I would like to be, I would have bought shares in Claussen cucumbers before the birth of my boys. You think I’m joking? Unfortunately, I am not. The nickname of my youngest son is even “pickle” because of his affinity for cucumbers, especially Claussen cucumbers. I would consider him a pimple snob, because not a pimple will do it – it must be Claussen. He actually turned his nose to other cucumbers. It does not matter if they are whole, halves, spears or slices; he does not discriminate in this sense. Also, we always have to have at least two cucumbers in the fridge, because if one runs out and there is no other glass, my wife and I would have a big crisis on our hands. Again I wish I was joking, but I am not. I say all this to say that Claussen would be a perfect sponsor for my race car and maybe they would give my son all the cucumbers he could ever wish for. I also got the idea to nod my car, “The Pickle”. Just think of all the puns when I get in trouble on the track – “Look at the cucumber he brought himself into.”

“THE AMAZING RACE”: I do not watch a lot of TV and when it’s on, it’s usually on something my guys watch. However, I take control of the remote when “The Amazing Race” arrives. I love traveling to new places and getting to know new cultures. Unfortunately, I do not travel as much as I would like, so I live by acting vicariously through the reality show’s contestants. The correlation between the show, as it is a race, and NASCAR are obvious and makes sense. The color schemes would have to include images of the cool places that the show visited during its 28 seasons (for example, Peru, Norway, New Zealand, etc.).

LIONEL RACING: This is a no-brainer. As a Lionel Racing employee, I would like to think that they would sponsor me. However, if I had followed the path that led to becoming a nascar rider instead of becoming the one I took who eventually led me here, I’m not sure they would sponsor me. I would still like to have her as a sponsor; but, because who does not love diecast. Lionel Racing sponsored Regan Smith’s # 7 Chevrolet Camaro in fall 2013 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Texas. So … there is a chance?

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