• Sep 10, 2010
Ken Block takes on AJ Allmendinger – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford has officially lit a fire under its 43 Fiestas campaign. As you may recall, the promotion aims to hand out a raft of prizes, from 43 LCD flat-screen TVs to airfare, lodging and tickets to the Ford NASCAR 400 Sprint Cup race for 43 lucky grand-prize winners. Of those souls, one will be awarded a special Ford Fiesta, but should AJ Allmendinger happen to walk away with the checkers, everyone in the grand-prize lot will receive a new Fiesta to call their very own. That's impressive and all, but not nearly so interesting as the videos after the jump.

You see, to sell the sweepstakes, Ford enlisted the help of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, rally heathen Ken Block and AJ Allmendinger, the current pilot of the #43 NASCAR racer. What happens when the three meet on a track? Let's just say that while we weren't entirely surprised by the outcome, we're wholeheartedly in favor of this type of motorsports crossbreeding in the future.

Now let's see that 3,000-pound NASCAR bruiser fling itself down a rally stage.

[Source: 43 Fiestas]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      of course a car on a oval going at 1/5 its normals speed is lame especially when its not something exotic too look at but have it going at full speed and add a few cars then its one of the best excitments on the track.........lol that is if you like oval racing in the first place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can understand the hate for a racing series that, for the most part, only turns left. But put 43 cars on a short track, with 850 HP, and tell me the beating and banging and mere inches apart doesn't put on a good show. That's one of the few redeeming aspects of NASCAR that no other motorsport has; you can put these cars through hell and back, bounce them off a cement wall at 150+ MPH, back them into the fence, and yet they'll still go and put down competitive times.

      Don't get me wrong, I love me some F1, WRC, LeMans/Rolex, etc., but NASCAR can put on a good show on a saturday night on just about any short track. NASCAR really needs to cut back on these 1.5 mile cookie cutter tracks...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about one better, why not make the cars based on real production cars, but modified. Have homologation rules like everyone else, and to keep things interesting without going spec instead of an engine displacement limit give an output limit. Something like the Japanese supergt series, but enduro instead of road course. If a real modified camry had to race I think it would be kind of cool. That and there would be a big impetus for manufacturers to make cool cars again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll admit hanging out at the bar on a Saturday night having a few beers with a nascar race on the tv is quite enjoyable for me. You can casually watch the race, talk with your buddies, play some pool, have some buffalo wings, then focus on the race for the last bunch of laps for the finish.

        I think they should have the races at the same time every Saturday night on Network TV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no racecar, stockcar or otherwise, has ever 'bounced off a wall' and raced again that day
        • 4 Years Ago
        The generic tracks are one issue, but the biggest is the template. There really is no reason - other than NASCAR exec hubris - for making a common shell w/stickers to emulate a 'stock' car. Hell, the new 'Mustang' version is an outright joke.

        Design an internal cage structure that still allows for the stock body panels, wheelbase, etc., to be used. Update to a v8 (v6 for 'Busch' series) based on a current mfgr's FI v8, limited to the same displacement, compression, and cam profiles. When the cars at least look like an existing model and have a motor somewhat comparable to showroom offerings, it makes watching more involving.

        Alternately, change the 1.5-2 mile tracks to each have a loop-de-loop in the middle of the longest straight. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      @John P: He's like Danica Patrick that way- except sometimes, he wins. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        He doesn't win either. He is doing great for a rookie in the WRC, but he hasn't won. Infact, Danica has won more than Ken the past 2 years. She has 2 wins under her belt last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just an observation here, but it's nice to see someone on AB finally using sensible tags for a story.

      Ex:
      - This story: 2011 ford fiesta, ford, fiesta
      - Usually: 2011 ford fiesta, 2011fordfiesta, fordfiesta, 2011ford, 2011fiesta, 2011, ford, fiesta
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh lookie. A big showboat vs someone who can't turn right. America, I am disappoint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol i guess you dont know then that aj allmindinger used too run champ car..........know your facts dude.

        he runs for rpm now and his teamate next year will be marcose ambrose
      • 4 Years Ago
      More proof that NASCAR is lame. Put it side by side with a rally car and you realize youre not even paying attention to the stock car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Youre right, I only looked at the NASCAR probably once for a split second
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, so true!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eh, I prefer the driving done by Block....but I MUCH prefer hearing the American V8 roaring throughout most of the video. Blocks car looks/sounds like a toy compared to that.

        To be clear: I do love Block, and his gymkhana, and drifting and all that style of driving (yes, NASCAR is rather boring)....but my heart can't deny it's love of V8 muscle!
      • 4 Years Ago
      For me....NASCAR ceased being interesting when Tim Richmond died. Mr Block reminds me of Tim, I think they share a some driving traits....Ken sure drives like a barely under control lunatic, that's for sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well hopefully, if America gets a taste for this type of creative editing, we might get Top Gear reruns on cable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For your sake, I really hope you're bein sarcastic.

        BBC America has been showing reruns of Top Gear the past 3 years, we're also getting our own version being shown on The History Channel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford, can we please see the nas-car follow the fiesta thru the infield track instead? It be hilariously embarrassing :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's good to see Richard Petty is still around. I remember he used to drive when NASCAR was interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nascar was interesting? As an australian who follows V8 supercars, WRC and F1 i had no idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Squishy, Yep, used to be interesting ('60s and '70's).

        NASCAR was founded on good 'ol boys who got their kicks racing moonshine from the Feds. They went legit, and would show up to a race with a souped up car, tires they bought at the local gas station, and a roll cage. It was raw, crazy, and the occasional fist fight in the infield from two drivers that took each other out would happen on rare occasion.

        Then the 1980's happened and everything changed (can we say the suck-a-tude of Days of Thunder summed it up). NASCAR wasn't the same since.

        Even the go fast, turn left was still cool in the old days when it was raw and aggresive. Now it is just plain boring.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Nascar was interesting?"

        Yes but only slightly more than my ceiling fan spinning around in circles as a tossed loosely constructed Matchbox cars at it...

        ..................................................Actually...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tell me how many times you hear this a season -

      "Just talked to_________, crew chief of _________, he said the next pit stop that there going to put some more wedge in the right rear and adjust the tire pressure on the fronts".

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whenever I try and put on Speed Channel it is some NASCAR junk. Can't we have just one TV channel dedicated to people who love cars and put some variety on!
        • 4 Years Ago
        None, because I don't like to subject myself to torture by watching a lifeless shell of what used to be an interesting sport. You know, back when they bought cars off the lots and raced them... and found ways to cheat by filling the frame with BB's, etc.
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