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English playboy and Formula One driver James Hunt will be played by actor Chris Hemsworth in the film Rush, directed by Ron Howard and opening nationwide on Sept. 27. (Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty Images; Jaap Buitendijk/Universal Pictures)

GALLERY: Sports Figures Portrayed in Movies

English playboy and Formula One driver James Hunt will be played by actor Chris Hemsworth in the film Rush, directed by Ron Howard and opening nationwide on Sept. 27. (Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty Images; Jaap Buitendijk/Universal Pictures)
GALLERY: Sports Figures Portrayed in Movies

Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt chat before the 1980 NASCAR Firecracker 400 in Daytona, Fla. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Dale Earnhardt Classic Photos

Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt chat before the 1980 NASCAR Firecracker 400 in Daytona, Fla. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Dale Earnhardt Classic Photos

Bobby Allison (left, in helmet) famously fights with Cale Yarborough (right) as Allison’s brother, Donnie, swings his helmet at Yarborough after the 1979 Daytona 500. Donnie Allison was leading the race on the final lap when Yarborough spun both of them into the infield. They started fighting shortly thereafter, prompting Bobby Allison to pull over and join. The incident drew great publicity for NASCAR, with many considering the 1979 500 the most important race in stock car history. (AP)

GALLERY: Classic Photos From The Daytona 500

Bobby Allison (left, in helmet) famously fights with Cale Yarborough (right) as Allison’s brother, Donnie, swings his helmet at Yarborough after the 1979 Daytona 500. Donnie Allison was leading the race on the final lap when Yarborough spun both of them into the infield. They started fighting shortly thereafter, prompting Bobby Allison to pull over and join. The incident drew great publicity for NASCAR, with many considering the 1979 500 the most important race in stock car history. (AP)
GALLERY: Classic Photos From The Daytona 500

Richard Petty sits outside his No. 43 car at Daytona 500 qualifying in 1987. The King won Daytona a record seven times but finished third that year. (George Tiedemann/SI)

Gallery: Classic Photos of the Daytona 500

Richard Petty sits outside his No. 43 car at Daytona 500 qualifying in 1987. The King won Daytona a record seven times but finished third that year. (George Tiedemann/SI)Gallery: Classic Photos of the Daytona 500

SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the action at the 1962 Indianapolis 500. The race, which was the last to feature all U.S.-born participants, was won by Rodger Ward with an average speed of 150.37 mph. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the action at the 1962 Indianapolis 500. The race, which was the last to feature all U.S.-born participants, was won by Rodger Ward with an average speed of 150.37 mph. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Brad Keselowski clinched the Sprint Cup title at Homestead after five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson pulled out of the season-finale race because of a parts failure. The 28-year-old Keselowski claimed the first championship for longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske and grabbed a title for car manufacturer Dodge, which is leaving the Sprint Cup series after the season. The championship was Keselowski’s first-career title. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

GALLERY: 2012 Sprint Cup Winners

Brad Keselowski clinched the Sprint Cup title at Homestead after five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson pulled out of the season-finale race because of a parts failure. The 28-year-old Keselowski claimed the first championship for longtime NASCAR owner Roger Penske and grabbed a title for car manufacturer Dodge, which is leaving the Sprint Cup series after the season. The championship was Keselowski’s first-career title. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GALLERY: 2012 Sprint Cup Winners

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s tragic death while racing at Las Vegas. (Fred Vuich/SI)

GALLERY: Dan Wheldon’s Top 10 Career Moments

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s tragic death while racing at Las Vegas. (Fred Vuich/SI)
GALLERY: Dan Wheldon’s Top 10 Career Moments

Johnny Rutherford makes pit stop during the 1974 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford, in his eleventh attempt, would wind up winning the race. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

GALLERY: The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500

Johnny Rutherford makes pit stop during the 1974 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford, in his eleventh attempt, would wind up winning the race. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
GALLERY: The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, races to the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ESTES: Johnson ties Gordon and more thoughts from the Brickyard 400
LONG: Junior’s turnaround continues with retaking the points lead
GALLERY: Best photos of every 2012 Sprint Cup winner

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, races to the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
ESTES: Johnson ties Gordon and more thoughts from the Brickyard 400LONG: Junior’s turnaround continues with retaking the points leadGALLERY: Best photos of every 2012 Sprint Cup winner

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, races past the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday in Loudon, N.H. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

MARTIN: Wild cards, pit problems and other thoughts from Loudon
McCARTNEY: Who will nab the top seed in the Chase for the Cup?
GALLERY: Best Shots of Every 2012 Sprint Cup Winner | Standings

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, races past the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday in Loudon, N.H. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
MARTIN: Wild cards, pit problems and other thoughts from LoudonMcCARTNEY: Who will nab the top seed in the Chase for the Cup?GALLERY: Best Shots of Every 2012 Sprint Cup Winner | Standings

Mark Martin (55) and Jimmie Johnson (48) lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

MARTIN: Johnson ties record with seventh win at Dover

Mark Martin (55) and Jimmie Johnson (48) lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
MARTIN: Johnson ties record with seventh win at Dover

Indianapolis 500 drivers stop at pit row during yesterday’s race. Dario Franchitti outlasted the field to capture his third career victory at Indy. (AP)

MARTIN: Five thoughts from the Indianapolis 500
GALLERY: 2012 Indianapolis 500 Best Shots

Indianapolis 500 drivers stop at pit row during yesterday’s race. Dario Franchitti outlasted the field to capture his third career victory at Indy. (AP)
MARTIN: Five thoughts from the Indianapolis 500GALLERY: 2012 Indianapolis 500 Best Shots

During the 1912 Indianapolis 500, Ralph DePalma drove one of the most dominating races in history after leading laps 3 to 196. Unfortunately, with less than two laps left, his car suffered pistol failure and was unable to continue. Joe Lawson would wind up winning, but DePalma and his riding mechanic wanted to finish the race. The two wound up pusing the car down the entire length of the frontstretch to the finish line. (Courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

GALLERY: Greatest Indianapolis 500 Moments

During the 1912 Indianapolis 500, Ralph DePalma drove one of the most dominating races in history after leading laps 3 to 196. Unfortunately, with less than two laps left, his car suffered pistol failure and was unable to continue. Joe Lawson would wind up winning, but DePalma and his riding mechanic wanted to finish the race. The two wound up pusing the car down the entire length of the frontstretch to the finish line. (Courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
GALLERY: Greatest Indianapolis 500 Moments

The late Dale Earnhardt would have turned 61 on Sunday. The racing legend died during a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. In this photo, Earnhardt catches a few Z’s before the 1980 Atlanta 500 in Hampton, Ga. (Racing Photo Archive/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Dale Earnhardt

The late Dale Earnhardt would have turned 61 on Sunday. The racing legend died during a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. In this photo, Earnhardt catches a few Z’s before the 1980 Atlanta 500 in Hampton, Ga. (Racing Photo Archive/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Dale Earnhardt

The pit crew of Dale Earnhardt Sr. goes to work during a 1980 race at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Earnhardt’s third place finish (after Carl Yarborough and Bobby Allison) was enough for him to clinch his first Winston Cup championship. (Peter Read Miller/SI) 

SI VAULT: Earnhardt captures first NASCAR title in Ontario (11.24.80)

The pit crew of Dale Earnhardt Sr. goes to work during a 1980 race at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Earnhardt’s third place finish (after Carl Yarborough and Bobby Allison) was enough for him to clinch his first Winston Cup championship. (Peter Read Miller/SI) 
SI VAULT: Earnhardt captures first NASCAR title in Ontario (11.24.80)