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From Bromances To Playful Roasts, These Are The Best NASCAR Friendships

The drivers on "Race For The Championship" may be competitive on the track, but there are real friendships between many of the drivers.

By Tyler McCarthy

NASCAR is a sport that attracts incredibly competitive people. While that often puts them at odds with one another and leads to intense rivalries, it also means they have a lot in common — many of the drivers on “Race For The Championship” live a unique life that only they understand. Every weekend they’re traveling to a new part of the country where they put the same skills they’ve all been hard at work practicing to the test.

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As a result, strong friendships tend to emerge among the racers. Here is a rundown of just some of the best friendships between NASCAR favorites.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace

Rftc Friendships Ryan Bubba

Perhaps the most well-documented bromance in NASCAR today is the one between Cup Series racers Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace. Over the years they’ve made many media appearances together simply because they get along so well on camera. They’re also not shy about gently roasting each other just to delight their respective fans.

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Through good times and bad times, the duo is always there to say kind things about each other and put their competition on the track aside.

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney

Rftc Friendships Ryan Kyle

A lot of these drivers came up together in motorsports and therefore spend a lot of time together. Although their friendship is not quite as public as Blaney’s with Wallace, Larson and the NASCAR driver have a deep personal connection of their own.

In fact, they both discussed their friendship together in 2017 when they joked with the “Glass Case Of Emotion” podcast about whether they prefer the term “bromance” or “man dates” (via USA Today). 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson

Rftc Friendships Ricky Kyle

The duo spent a lot of time together before Larson had his kids, which naturally does a number on any adult friendship. Still, they seem to remain very friendly with each other and even trade some lighthearted jabs in the press every once in a while. 

They even occasionally team up outside of NASCAR for different races as part of the former’s team Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing, according to Racing News

Harrison Burton and Joey Logano

Rftc Friendships Harrison Joey

While their age difference may make their bond seem untraditional, Harrison Burton recently discussed his friendship with NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, which led to him getting some helpful advice about the 21-year-old driver’s first season racing in the sport’s premier competition. At the time, Burton explained that Logano told him he admires how far Burton had come within the sport at such a young age.

Corey LaJoie and Joey Logano

Rftc Friendships Corey Joey

The relationship between Corey LaJoie and Joey Logano is an example of a classic workplace friendship. The pair spends a lot of time competing with each other on the track before letting that cross over into media appearances. 

Logano is a regular guest on LaJoie’s very popular NASCAR podcast “Stacking Pennies” where the two regularly discuss all things NASCAR as well as their immense love of the sport. Through their banter, they offer listeners an inside look at what’s top of their minds in the world of professional motorsports. 

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