NASCAR has not been that mainstream when it comes to movies, but there's always a hyped-up crowd, cheering for a NASCAR showing in the movies.
Murphy played a role of the main antagonist in the 2005 Disney, Herbie fully loaded. The movie starred Lindsay Lohan as the protagonist.
Another driver turned villain in the movie was Russ Wheeler. He was too scary as a villain in Days of Thunder. Here Russ Wheeler was brought on board as a substitute driver for Trickle.
In, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby the movie, Ricky Bobby had made the audience laugh with his dimwitted antics.
Junior Jackson was a protagonist in The Last American Hero. During the climax of the movie, Jackson ousts leader Kyle Kingman. He sends his STP Dodge sideways and ultimately takes the win at Martinsville.