NASCAR's Top 12 Goons

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NASCAR's Top 12 Goons
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The term "goon" is well-celebrated in professional hockey. It refers to a player, usually a big guy, whose job is to protect his teammates and alter the course of the game by fighting players on the other team. Goons usually have pretty big mouths and aren't exactly the best pure hockey players, with a few notable exceptions.

In NASCAR, the full-fledged "goon"—a brutally slow driver with a short temper—doesn't really exist. Whatever the reason, most of the short-tempered guys are mad because they let a good run go to waste, and most of the slower drivers keep quiet and out of the way off of the track.

That doesn't mean that some drivers don't have their moments, one way or another. And much like goons in hockey, NASCAR's "goons," whether slow or short-tempered, help keep race days entertaining.

Whether we love them or love to hate them, here are 13 drivers that never leave us with a dull moment on race day:

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