Smoky NASCAR, NHRA burnouts are mere wisps compared to this video

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NASCAR fans love when their favorite driver performs a celebratory burnout after winning a race, while NHRA fans love to watch burnouts prior to a run down the drag strip.

The smokier the burnout, the better.

But NASCAR and NHRA drivers have nothing on what goes on at the Australian Summer Nationals.

To ring in the New Year, 103 cars got together this past Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Australia, for the 28th edition of what most locals down under call simply the “SummerNats.”

The cars had one goal to kick off the four-day annual celebration of Aussie horsepower: to set a Guinness World Record for smokiest and biggest burnout ever seen on a racetrack.

They not only accomplished that goal, they did it with a flourish that would make any NASCAR driver eat his or her heart out in envy.

And as for NASCAR and NHRA fans, if you love burnouts, well … as Bachman Turner Overdrive would say, you ain’t seen nothing yet … until you’ve seen this video.

Thanks to our friends at MotorAuthority.com for tipping us off to this great video.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).