NASCAR driver David Gilliland selling historic house, spectacular estate — price tag: $4.9 million

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Got an extra $4.9 million just burning a hole in your pocket? NASCAR driver David Gilliland would love to hear from you.

Gilliland’s palatial estate near Mooresville, N.C. – honestly, “palatial” doesn’t do justice to describe how spectacular this place looks – is on the market for $4.9 million.

Heck, that’s the SALE price.

The house, formerly owned by Michael Waltrip, was originally listed at $5.5 million back in mid-November, according to the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

We noted back in March that Matt Kenseth’s house was also up for sale. Despite it being nearly 7,300-square feet, Kenseth and wife Katie apparently needed more room due to the newest addition to the family, daughter Clara Mae, who was born March 26.

But Kenseth’s house looks like servant’s quarters when compared to Gilliland’s luxury estate.

How spectacular is the place? Well, the main real estate listing calls it “History Marries Luxury On Private Estate.”

And indeed this house is truly historic – and that’s not because Waltrip used to call it home.

No, this house was originally built in 1810 – that would make it 204 years old, although it’s obviously been extensively updated and customized since.

Not only is the house nearly 5,000 square feet, it sits on 66 acres.

Check out some of the amenities:

* Located on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman, the estate is gated and fenced all the way around and has vast pastures for horses (and if you want to raise cows, I suppose).

* The four-bedroom house has game and exercise rooms and an interior racquetball/basketball court (plus an outside hoops court), an outdoor fire pit and a wine cave. (What the heck is a wine cave?)

* In addition to the main house, there’s a two-bedroom guest house, a three-stall barn and an attached garage with an office within.

* Outside, there’s three stocked fishing ponds, two huge garage/shops, and putting greens. But there’s two things that will likely be the envy of any man:

A helipad and a nine-hole golf course!

If we didn’t see the actual listing, we would have sworn we were dreaming. To borrow a line from the late Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, “Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys … let ’em grow up to be NASCAR drivers.”

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Hamilton hails ‘greatest day’ after USGP victory, Mercedes title win

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Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his jubilation after taking a giant step towards his fourth Formula 1 championship win with victory in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix that also saw Mercedes clinch the constructors’ title.

Hamilton recovered from an early pass by F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to take his sixth victory on American soil, five of which have come at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, to extend his lead to 66 points.

With just 75 left on offer this season, Hamilton needs just one top-five finish in the final three races to clinch his fourth world title, with the enormity of the victory not being lost on the Mercedes driver.

“Today has been amazing. It’s been the greatest day,” Hamilton told NBCSN after the race.

“I woke up a bit tired, felt the rain, then was like, ‘What the hell?’ But I didn’t mind. I won here in the rain in the past. Then it dried up, clear blue skies, amazing opening at the beginning of the GP.

“I lost first place into Turn 1. It was OK. That first section, we got through there, and it felt very reminiscent of 2012: ‘Game on. You have to save the tires’, and he wasn’t doing that. I kind of kept my cool.”

“I saw I got a good exit of Turn 1, this was the lap and it was. His tires were dropping off anyway.”

Hamilton’s victory saw Mercedes wrap up its fourth consecutive F1 constructors’ title with three races to spare, with the Briton having played a key part in each of its successes.

“I’m so proud of this team. Big congratulations to the guys, people don’t know the amount of work they do,” Hamilton said.

“It’s over 1,500 people in two factories, so much brainpower and a lot of people to manage to extract the best from each of those.

“To come into a new era of car and perform as we have. There’s been a newfound love within the team. Ferrari, we want to beat them, thrash them.

“So they put more hours of working in to do that. That’s for all their hard work.”