Live out Your NASCAR Dreams in Bobby Labonte’s Toyota

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Well-preserved, real-deal NASCAR racer is up for auction and has everything any enthusiast needs to shake and bake at their local track.

Whether you’re into NASCAR racing or not, you’ve probably dreamed of one day getting your turn behind the wheel of a stock car. Because who wouldn’t want to swap paint and fight for glory at 200 miles per hour? To quote the great Ricky Bobby, who jokingly misquoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” And there’s nothing we’d rather shake and bake in than this 2012 Toyota Camry NASCAR racer!

And now, well, somebody’s going to get the chance to do just that. We spotted the sweet stock car at Vicari Auctions looking very much new despite its racing history. This particular car was actually driven by former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte at Michigan International Raceway back in 2011. It was there that Labonte piloted it to a 22nd place finish. According to the seller, the Camry hasn’t been raced since 2012.

NASCAR Toyota

Despite that, this NASCAR racer looks essentially brand new. And unlike many former racers that get sold to the public, the original drivetrain is still there. So you get a 362 cubic inch V8, loaded with a laundry list of top shelf parts, pumping out 600 hp. It won’t take long to hit the rev limiter on this bad boy, meaning you’ll want to be quick banging through all four gears on the Jerico transmission.

Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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