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NASCAR Hot Wheels Racing Select – 2001 Matt Kenseth Rookie of the Year



If you are a collector of NASCAR Hot Wheels, you may want to consider the Hot Wheels Racing ‘Select’ vehicles as a good place to start. These vehicles are very authentic models that show a lot of attention to details to the engines, chassis and interiors. One might say, these 2001 models (1:64 scale) are for the person that wants the best in MASCAR Hot Wheel collectibles.


Today’s car is the ‘Rookie of the Year, Matt Kenseth – 2001. It is a “NASCAR” model which has highly detailed diecast chassis, multi-piece engine and very realistic racing tires. Some of the other notable features are as follows:


DeWalt logo on top and sides

Yellow body, black top

“Rookie of the Year” sticker on blister package

No. ’17’ on top and sides

Sponsor ads on all sides

Goodyear Eagle Tires

Black racing wheels

Mirror stand for display

Driver signature on roof sides

Clear windshield

Opening/closing hood

Ford Taurus on the front

Ford logo on rear bumper

HotWheels.com on rear bumper

Package size is 5″ x 7″ (blister pack)


This car is one of several variations I found out there of this one car. For the diecast NACCAR (Hot Wheels) collector, there are unlimited opportunities to collect different variations of the cars based on:


Car manufacturer






Collect one or collect them all !



Posted 6 years, 8 months ago at 10:17 pm.

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Racing Champions “Chase Cars” 1997 #12 Chad Little



When NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was founded back in 1947-48, who could have foreseen the growth and popularity of the sport. Not only does NASCAR now sanction three (3) of the largest racing series around:


Spring Cup


Camping World Truck


…. but they also over see local races that includes over 1,500 sanctioned races at over 100 tracks in 39 states and Canada. They are headquartered in Daytona, Florida with many more regional and international offices. NASCAR is second only to football in terms of television viewing and holds 17 of the top 20 attendance records for a single-day sports event in the world. Not hard to understand how these 75 million plus fans can account for the purchase of over $3 BILLION annually in licensed NASCAR products.


Their product line covers just about anything you could think of. But, if you are a NASCAR fan and looking for a ‘diecast car’ collectible, you will find you can fill the bill with licensed ‘chase cars’. They are not too pricey to collect even if you want to collect all of them, you’ll not break the bank and they’re easy to display or store. The chase car pictures here was manufactured by Racing Champions and came in two (2) sizes: 1:64 and 1:24.


From the photo, you can see, the models produced by Racing Champions were very detailed. So much so, they reflect the original chase car’s logo, paint color, car number, driver’s signature, and more.


This 1997 edition of the John Deere, Pontiac Grand Prix, #97 was driven by Chad Little. This car is part of the #12 series that had 12 cars; and is #0433 of a production limited to only 1,997 cars manufactured for collectors that year. (Number manufactured same as the year, interesting!) This particular package comes with a collector’s card, display stand and Racing Champion diecast car. All sealed up in a blister pack.


Much like Hot Wheels collectibles, you want to take care of your NASCAR items – keep them out of heat and sunshine, do not remove them from the package and when stored – lay flat.


Posted 6 years, 8 months ago at 8:19 pm.

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NASCAR 2002 – Hot Wheels Racing Truck

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The Carlos Contreras’ Stickler (#56094) Hot Wheels truck – this week’s featured car – comes with authentic colors and logs taken from the actual NASCAR team racing car.

This 2002 Hot Wheels Racing Series from Mattel was produced in two scales: 1/ 64th and 1/24th. Each scale was highly detailed and designed to match the original NASCAR racers that they represented.

The Hot Wheels NASCAR Truck featured in the picture above comes with the following:

  • Dark blue color
  • Racing number: #43 on all sides top, front, rear and sides.
  • Hot Wheels & Mattel logos on hood ,sides, bed and rear.
  • Facsimile of signature of Carlos Contreras on both sides of the roof
  • Dodge logo on front and in rear
  • Package of #43 stickers included in the blister pack
  • NASCAR logo on blister pack.
  • Red Sp5 wheels.

In addition to Carlos Contreras, Mattel also produced other die cast NASCAR racer collector trucks and cars based on other favorite drivers popular during this time.

My next posting will be all Hot Wheels 2002 Ice Cream Truck # three of four in the series.




Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 10:37 pm.

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