For the second straight year, we’re matching local Bullring drivers with who we feel their NASCAR personality would be. We did this last year and had a blast. Your responses put the idea over the top, so I’m counting on you to chime in again.
Here’s our choices this time around. Take a glance and offer your own opinions:
Abe Huls: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Similar personalities, beards and driving styles, but one major difference: Abe wins races.
Michael Larsen: Kenny Wallace. This one needs no explanation.
Dustin Griffin: Jimmie Johnson. Both are the guys to beat heading into this season. Jimmie’s got a bit more facial hair, though.
Steven DeLonjay: Brad Keselowski. Each is a representative of racing’s new wave of highly articulate drivers who can also wheel a car. Both also have famous racing fathers.
Tony Dunker: Kyle Busch. Both are tremendous talents who have watched Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.
Kim Abbott: Danica Patrick. Oh come on, you saw this one coming a mile away.
Mark Burgtorf: Richard Petty. Both have numbers tied to their success that will never be approached.
Denny Woodworth: Carl Edwards. Both D.W. and Cousin Carl struggled in 2012. Both are expected to contend again in 2013.
Justin Reed: Jeff Gordon. Both are brutally honest in their interviews and both are due to win another championship.
Dave Wietholder: Mark Martin. Dave now has “veteran” attached to his name. just like Mark. And like Mark, he’s still searching for that elusive first title in one of the marquee classes.
Jake Griffin: Joey Logano.Both “kids” have great racing futures. Joey’s a little taller, though.
Terry Houston: Matt Kenseth. The styles of these two mirror one another. Both methodically peck away at the field during a race, and by the last lap — seemingly out of nowhere — there they are, at or near the front.
Pat Dunker: Boris Said. They both have cool hair.
Keith Pratt: Clint Bowyer. Both have found themselves upside down on the track.
Jake Powers: Trevor Bayne. Like Powers, Bayne is a young up-and-comer and is taking over the championship seat of last year’s Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Meanwhile, The Snake, who won the 2012 hobby stock title, is moving to the stock cars.
Jerry Powers: Rick Hendrick. I doubt if any other local car owner has more titles than the Mayor of Cheaterville.
Bobby Anders: Kurt Busch. They both kind of have a short fuse. (Sorry, Bobby. I couldn’t resist.)
Joe Bliven: Greg Biffle. Both have sharp-looking cars … and tend to blow things (like engines) up.
Jared Schlipman: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Both are in their first years in the bigtime (late model/Sprint Cup) and both have loads of talent.
Shawn Deering: Denny Hamlin. Crazy, wacky mishaps and bad breaks have kept Hamlin from his first title. The same thing(s) apply to Deering in his quest for a first modified feature victory.
Jason Perry: Kevin Harvick. Both are great closers and get can get a little testy when needed.
Michael Long: Tony Stewart. Both have proven they can drive anything.
Tanner Klingele: Ty Dillon. Both are on the fast track to championship status.
Robbie Reed: Kasey Kahne. They both have that million-dollar smile.