Fan steals driver's hat, asks him to sign it

November, 7, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR fans are on their way to becoming the most daring -- or the most imaginative, at least -- in all of sports.

Last month at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a fan sneaked into Victory Lane with Clint Bowyer's car. He posed for pictures during the hat dance and actually spoke with the Michael Waltrip Racing driver and his owner.

Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, a fan stole Brad Keselowski's Miller Lite hat from the top of his pit box during practice, tweeted to Keselowski that she had stolen it and then asked Keselowski to autograph it on pit road before the race.

What's next? A fan hijacks a race car and wins the race?

Sorry. I shouldn't put such ideas into people's heads. But you have to admit the above stories are unique.

Keselowski, trailing five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson by seven points in the Chase with two races remaining, shared his fan story during Tuesday's appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The Penske Racing driver described in great detail how he placed the hat on top of his toolbox as he always does, how it takes 3 minutes, 40 seconds for him to put on his helmet and get buckled into the car (he's actually timed that), how when he got out of the car the hat was missing, and how he discovered what happened on Twitter.

To read the rest, check it out here on David Newton's blog.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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