Quaker State World's Worst Commute Contest Finalists

If you were in the mood for some good old fashion "make the best of a bad game", then this is the story to read. Quaker State and Hendrick Motorsports announced yesterday the finalist of a very unlikely contest called "World's Worst Commute."

The four finalists are Alan Nelson of Newbury Park, California, Kimberly Hanson of Salt Springs, Florida, Mark Hroch of Cypress, Texas and Tammy Sampson of Cottageville, West Virginia. The winner will be chosen by three-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. The big prize? A trip for two to the Bank of America 500 race in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 17, as well as a ride to work with Johnson.

OK, but what did you have to do to take part in the contest? Well, the answer is very simple. First, you just needed to have a workplace located some very long hundred miles away from your home. Secondly, the everyday drive to the workplace had to have been the longest, trickiest, most nerve wrecking, drive in the entire world.

Those meeting the aforementioned requirements videotaped themselves driving to work and submitted the resulting 30-60 seconds videos on the Quaker State website.

"I am really looking forward to watching these four finalists' videos. I have heard the commutes are very tough, grueling, and really take a toll on both the vehicle and the driver," Johnson said when announcing the finalists. "Though it may not be as intense as my kind of driving, these finalists have really proved their daily commutes push their engines and patience to the limit by making in this far in the contest."

The finalist videos can be found by accessing this link. Entertaining as they may be, we can't but feel sorry for the poor men and women driving for hours to and from work. Godspeed, unlucky motorists!
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