The "bad to the bone" NASCAR dinosaur way ahead of its time

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Motorsport is littered with one-off specials, but few have had quite as much of an impact as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo created via a woeful Hollywood movie sequel and one of NASCAR's best ever team and driver combinations

As the 1997 NASCAR Cup season approached its mid-point, Jeff Gordon and a dinosaur would be just about the most dramatic juxtaposition you could put together in motorsport at that time - the first a mid-20s upstart at the height of his powers and the latter, extinct.

But a certain Hollywood movie and a team and driver willing to push the envelope brought the two together as NASCAR history was created that season. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo in question was named T-Rex and it was about to change everything.

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