Ricky Bobby lives: Busch driving 'Talladega Nights' car ... at Talladega

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 4, 2012 10:13 PM

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The most awesome thing to happen in NASCAR since they had a nacho fountain at media day is going on this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch is driving a car with the paint scheme used in the Will Ferrell comedy about NASCAR called "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Complete with a cougar on the hood and the lead sponsorship of "Me," Busch's real-life ride mirrors the movie. Busch was dumped by Penske racing after the 2011 season and caught on with the small, one-car Phoenix Racing team. In the movie, Ferrell's character is forced to sponsor himself for the big race at the end.

"I don't want to have to get out and run to the finish line, and have to kiss a guy to do it," Busch said of the possibility of winning in the Talladega Nights car. He was referring to the way the final scenes of the movie played out.

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