NASCAR Meets Sesame Street: Running of the Squirmadega

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 02:  NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon speaks at Las Vegas Motorspeedway for the Roast of four time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson during Day 1 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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If you don't have kids or didn't read your “Today's NASCAR News” TV schedule, then you wouldn't have known Jeff Gordon was going to guest star on Sesame Street today.

He was on set to host the running of the WASCAR Squirmadega Car Race.

Gordon was reporting live from the Squirmadega Superspeedway on Sesame Street, home of the Squirmadega Over, Under, Around, and Through. The finish line was getting through Big Bird's legs.

The drivers were No. 1 Dale Wormhardt Jr. (sponsored by GoPont), No. 2 Kyle Skwush (sponsored by Worm Flakes), No. 3 Juan Mudtoya (sponsored by Rotten Fruit), No. 4 Shawna Wiggleson (sponsored by Worm*Mart), and No. 5 Slimey (sponsored by The Worm Depot).

Elmo was rooting for his favorite driver, Slimey.

I was rooting for Dale Wormhardt Jr.

The National Anthem was sung by Carrie Underworm and Oscar the Grouch began the race with the famous words, “Gentleworms, start your engines!”

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Gordon honored one of the famous NASCAR broadcasters, Darrell Waltrip, with a version of his “Boogity Boogity Boogity” and told the worms, “Squigly Squigly Squigly! Let's go worm racing!”

The Slimey cam showed viewers the No. 5 getting over the laundry basket first. Then the No. 1 crashed into the basket.

Even on Sesame Street, Junior can't catch a break!

Kyle Skwush got a flat tire, followed by Juan Mudtoya getting stuck going around and around the fire hydrant. Both joined Dale in the garage.

Slimey and Shawna raced to the finish, but Slimey got caught between Big Bird's toes.

Shawna wins the race!

Big Bird checked on Slimey, who was okay, but Elmo was sad his friend didn't win.

Viewers of the Squirmadega Over, Under, Around, and Through are taught that it's okay to lose, as long as you do your best and that the word speedy means “fast.”

This article is brought to you by the letters N-A-S-C-A-R.

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