Top Gear’s Richard Hammond talks NASCAR

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond paid a visit to NASCAR recently (BBC Worldwide/Oisin Tymon)
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond paid a visit to NASCAR recently (BBC Worldwide/Oisin Tymon)

It’s one of the most popular programs on television. The BBC show Top Gear enjoys, by some estimates 300 million worldwide viewers.  One of the hosts, Richard Hammond recently traveled to America to get a taste of the country’s largest motorsport, NASCAR.  To put the visit in context, the show has often made of the sport of NASCAR once being run out of Alabama after driving a car with the words ‘nascar sucks’ spray painted on the side.

Hammond came to Texas Motor Speedway last fall and immersed himself in the world of NASCAR for the new season of the show.  The episode featuring Hammond’s NASCAR visit will air on April 27. Tuesday Hammond took time to answer a few questions from the media and show that his view of NASCAR may have changed as a result of his visit.

Here are a few of the questions he was asked, including some from

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.