The most popular vehicles for NASCAR fans

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM

There's no doubt that auto racing, especially NASCAR, is a popular sport in America, and there are undoubtedly many drivers who wish they could take a stock car out on the highway. While that's highly illegal, there are some good options for those who love the sport, according to TrueCar.

The automotive analysis firm recently revealed the vehicles NASCAR fans tend to favor. A model preference survey also asked respondents about their hobbies, and 165,000 people answered either "auto racing," "rallying" or "NASCAR." TrueCar then looked to see which vehicles these drivers preferred.

Unsurprisingly, domestic automakers dominated the list, although two foreign cars - the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Tacoma - made the top 10. The Ford F-150 was by far the most popular model, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. Other models that made the list include the Ford Mustang, Ford Escape, and Chevrolet Malibu.

"The data shows that American racing fans prefer domestic vehicles," said Kristen Andersson, Senior Analyst at "Racing fans' need for speed doesn't translate into vehicles purchased as shown by the segments favored including trucks and midsize cars."

Those who watch NASCAR should know the importance of scheduled maintenance and the effect it can have on a vehicle. Much like pit road helps NASCAR drivers by changing tires and performing other quick vehicle maintenance, drivers should keep their machines running right.

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