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Tony Stewart Runs From the Law and Lip Syncs "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Viral Video Challenge

Back in the summer of 2018, lip sync challenge videos were all the rage on social media. From Indianapolis, Indiana to Jacksonville, Florida, police departments, fire departments, and EMT personnel from all over the country took to the streets to film themselves lip syncing along to various popular songs, because even first responders should get the chance to go viral.

For their lip sync video, the folks in the Columbus Police Department in Indiana got a leg up on the competition when they got Columbus native and former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart to make a special appearance.

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For his brief performance in the video, Stewart flexes his racing chops when he gives the police officers chase as Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" plays in the background. Then, the three-time Cup Series champion flexes his lip syncing chops, totally nailing his "Total Eclipse of the Heart" bit.

Of course, the rest of the video isn't too bad either, with the cops doing a nearly five-minute routine to such songs as Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A.," the Friends theme song, and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

Other local departments may have not had the star power of Tony Stewart, but they still were able to put together some pretty incredible performances. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, for instance, had a solid routine to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling." Then, you had the Martinsville Police Department in Virginia, which basically threw a full-on pool party.

Now, back to Tony Stewart. If you thought the three-time Cup Series champ's lip-syncing prowess is a rarity among current and former NASCAR drivers, think again, pal. Back in 2016, all of the drivers from the Joe Gibbs Racing team got together for a little lip sync action of their own.

After that, Kyle Busch and his wife Samantha, teamed up for a lip sync video of their own. The Busches sure do love them some lip syncing. But, hey, you can't help but respect that.

Speaking of respect, considering the mutual respect that Stewart and Busch had for each other during their racing days, you have to assume they both respect the other's lip-syncing abilities as well. Although it's probably not something they bring up too much over drinks.

This post was originally published on November 22, 2018.

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