The Piston Cup racers appeared in the Disney/Pixar move Cars.
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Number 28 Nitroade racer, Aiken Axler, captured the 2003 Vitoline Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season of Cup competition. He's finished 12th, 7th, and 8th in the final point standings over the past three years. Off the track, Axler enjoys maintaining his top racing form by exercising daily and practicing a form of meditation called Tai Rod. He and fellow Piston Cup Racer, Darrel Draggered, formed the alternative country jazz trio "Three Cycle" and performed at the 2004 Piston Cup awards ceremony!
Real Name: Aiken Axler
Colour: Black with orange flames
Eye Colour: Purple
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An Ivy League school may seem like an unlikely place to start in the racing world. But only a couple of years ago Winford Bradford Rutherford was grille-deep in physics books learning about momentum, velocity, and anything else that would give him an edge on the track. His doctor and lawyer friends at the country club thought he was crazy, but the studying paid off. Winford is now a highly respected Piston Cup racer. He uses his vast knowledge of physics to cheat the wind and out-maneuver his fellow racers, who affectionately call him, "The Professor."
Real name: Winford Bradford Rutherford
Colour: Yellow with orange and blue stripes
Eye colour: Bluish green
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Todd Marcus is known as the biggest race car to emerge from his hometown of Dieselton, Alabama. He's also known as the only race car to emerge from Dieselton, Alabama. When asked why he chose to be car number 123, he simply replied, "Because it's easy to remember." That's why it's also his ATM number, his internet login, his home security code, and his safe combination.
Real name: Todd "The Shockster" Marcus
Colour: Red with checkered flag stripes
Eye colour: Blue-violet
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It's Billy Oilchanger's dream to become a racing color commentator after he retires. He's watched all the greats, like Darrell Cartrip and Bob Cutlass over the years, and even practices announcing by calling the races out loud to himself while he's in them. It's great experience, though the other drivers find it distracting and a little creepy.
Real name: Billy Oilchanger
Colour: Orange and black
Eye colour: Violet
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Believe it or not, Crusty Rotor was actually a vinyl top salesman before the makes of Vinyl Toupee, Vinyl Top in a Can, put him out of business! While working out his frustration in the gym, he realized he had an amazing gift for driving long, hard, grueling distances without feeling even the slightest burnout. As luck would have it, the makes of Vinyl Toupee, Vinyl Top in a Can, were fronting cash for a Piston Cup team. Crusty made the biggest sell of his life landing the job and all the spray-on toupee his roof could sport.
Real name: Crusty Rotor
Colour: Purple with a black roof
Eye colour: greenish blue
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Floyd Mulvihill, originally trained as an automotive engineer, decided to put down his tools and pursue his life-long passion to race. He competed in the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series with the likes of Sage VanDerSpin and graduated to the Piston Cup in 2005. He's affectionately known as "Smoky Floyd" as he enjoys laying long patches of burning rubber in front of his adoring fans.
Real name: Floyd Mulvihill
Colour: Blue and yellow
Eye colour: blue
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Rusty Cornfuel grew up on a farm in Mississippi and gained his reputation among the locals for running his own racing circuit with his buddies. Rusty won most of the races and made enough money off the event to nearly sponsor himself professionally. Luckily his current sponsor, Tow Cap Hitch Protectors, came along to front the bill for his team. Now Rusty can spend his own money on more important things, like flying his buddies from the farmdown for every race.
Real name: Rusty Cornfuel
Colour: Purple, white and yellow
Eye colour: greenish brown
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Dirkson D'Agostino discovered his natural racing talent while working in the graphics department for a small racing outfit. Running errands between buildings, he dodged all kinds of obstacles at insane speeds. One day Dirkson caught the eye of the race shop's owner, who fired the young upstart for what he considered reckless driving in the workplace, and rehired him as one of his pro racers, for what he considered a natural talent on the race track.
Real name: Dirkson D' Agostino
Colour: Green and black
Eye colour: greenish brown
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Darren Leadfoot is the LAST guy you want drafting you on the final turn. Known for his sudden 11th hour accelerations, Darren's one car who won't let anything or anyone stand between him and the finish line!
Real name: Darren Leadfoot
Colour: Green with yellow stripes
Eye colour: brown
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Real name: Slider Petrolski
Colour: Yellow and black
Eye colour: bluish green
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Davey Apex has always dreamed of being a professional race car. Sure he's never come in higher than 20th or 21st, but it's still the life he's always dreamt of. He loves the cheering fans and the squealing rubber on asphalt. The only part he doesn't like is the racing part which is probably why he's never come in higher than 20th or 21st place. See Davey's just not competitive by nature. If someone wants to pass him, he lets them. I mean why be rude?
Real name: Davey Apex
Colour: White, red and black
Eye colour: green
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Ernie Gearson recalls the day when high dollar sponsorships and squealing fans were still a thing of the future. He may be one of the oldest racers on the grids these days, but he's been around the track once or twice. He's still got plenty of fire in his chambers. His friends call him "Giddyup," alluding to the humble 300 horsepower engine he started his career with all those years ago.
Real name: Ernie Gearson
Colour: Blue with a green leaf on each side
Eye colour: brown
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