Grand Marshall Matthew McConaughey talks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 20, 2005 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida
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22 Times NASCAR Rolled Out the Checkered Carpet for Hollywood A-Listers


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Courtside seats at the Staples Center for a Lakers game. Luxury suite accommodations for the Super Bowl. Ringside seats at the MGM Grand for the heavyweight boxing bout of the year.

Whenever you think of A-list celebrities attending sports events, these are probably the sorts of situations you envision.

NASCAR, a sport that has its origins in bootlegging and is defined by its high-speed and rowdy atmosphere, isn't necessarily something you'd associate with the same folks who spend most of their time dressed to the nines on red carpets. But, as it turns out, there are a boatload of big-time actors and actresses out there who appreciate a good old fashioned NASCAR race.

Here, we'll look at 22 celebrities who have attended NASCAR events over the years and loved every second of it.

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Celebrities at NASCAR Events Over the Years

Adam Sandler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2015

adam sandler at new hampshire motor speedway

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Arnold Schwarzenegger at Sonoma Raceway in 2015

Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger greets fans prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California

Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Ben Affleck at Daytona International Speedway in 2004

Actor Ben Affleck is the Grand Marshal at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 15, 2004 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo By Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Brendan Fraser at Texas Motor Speedway in 2019

Brendan Fraser of DC Universe's "Doom Patrol" attends the Driver/Crew Chief Meeting before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 31, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Charlize Theron at Daytona International Speedway in 2018

Charlize Theron prepares to wave the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Daniel Craig at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2021

Honorary starter, actor Daniel Craig looks on from the flagstand prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina

Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Danny Trejo at Auto Club Speedway in 2022

Honorary starter, actor Danny Trejo poses in the flagstand prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 27, 2022 in Fontana, California

Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

David Spade at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2006

Actor and Golden Corral 500 Grand Marshal David Spade reacts to the flyby during the National Anthem before the Golden Corral 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, March 19, 2006

Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

James Caan at Daytona International Speedway in 2006

Richard Petty talks with actor and race Grand Marshall James Caan before the 2006 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida on Sunday, February 19, 2006

Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage

Jamie Foxx at Daytona International Speedway in 2005

Actor Jamie Foxx takes a ride in the Richard Petty Driving experience prior to the start of the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2005 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images

Jessica Alba at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2007

Actress Jessica Alba, speaks with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont/Department of Defense Chevrolet, at the drivers meeting prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 27, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kenan Thompson at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2018

American actor and comedian Kenan Thompson gives the command to start engines prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 25, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia

Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Kevin Costner at Daytona International Speedway in 2008

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Swing Vote Chevrolet speaks with actor Kevin Costner prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Kurt Russell at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2007

Dave Blaney, driver of the #22 Caterpillar Toyota, greets actor Kurt Russell during driver introductions for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18, 2007 in Hampton, Georgia

Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR

Mark Wahlberg at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne greets Mark Wahlberg on stage during driver introductions at the UAW Daimler Chrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, 2007

Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage

Matthew McConaughey at Daytona International Speedway in 2005

Grand Marshall Matthew McConaughey talks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 20, 2005 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida

Photo By Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Nicolas Cage at Daytona International Speedway in 2007

Nicolas Cage serves as Grand Marshal for the 49th Running of the Daytona 500 - February 19, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Photo by Jeff Daly/FilmMagic

Ryan Reynolds at Pocono Raceway in 2009

Pocono 500 Grand Marshall, actor Ryan Reynolds, holds the green flag in the starters' stand before serving as honorary starter during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500 on June 7, 2009 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Sharon Stone at Auto Club Speedway in 2010

Actress Sharon Stone stands on stage prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 10, 2010 in Fontana, California

Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Tom Cruise at Daytona International Speedway in 2009

Actor Tom Cruise speaks with Team Owner Rick Hendrick on track prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

Vince Vaughn at Texas Motor Speedway in 2007

Vince Vaughn, the honorary pace truck driver, attends the 2007 Dickies 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race November 4, 2007 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas

Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage

Will Ferrell at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006

Will Ferrell and Steve Byrnes at the start of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 2006 in Talladega, Alabama

Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

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