NASCAR: Ranking the Top 6 Greatest Fictional Stock Car Drivers

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NASCAR: Ranking the Top 6 Greatest Fictional Stock Car Drivers
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Remember the smiling face of Cole Trickle (aka Tom Cruise) in Days of Thunder? Can you believe it's been 22 years since DOT was released? Rumors of a sequel have been floated around for the last five years, but there's been little movement to date.

Over the years, there have been about a dozen—give or take a few—movies made that have centered around the world of NASCAR or simply stock car racing (like when the producers couldn't get NASCAR licensing or endorsement).

The strange thing is that in most cases, fictional portrayals of NASCAR or stock car drivers have made for successful plots. 

Sure, there have been some great movies based on true-life stories like the life of Junior Johnson (The Last American Hero) or Wendell Scott (Greased Lightning), but their overall success in most instances pales in comparison to the figments of some screenwriters' imaginations.

And there have been so-called racing movies like Gumball Derby and Cannonball Run, but those really didn't have much in terms of actual organized racing.

So when it comes to some of the best (and admittedly throwing in a few of the worst, as well) racing movies, we tend to lean towards fiction over truth.

It's with that in mind that Bleacher Report has come up with what we like to call NASCAR: Ranking the Top 6 Greatest Fictional Stock Car Drivers.

We present them here, and as always, we welcome your comments and thoughts. Did we perhaps miss some unknown gem of a flick or performance? If so, let us know.

Also, follow me on Twitter @JerryBonkowski

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