Heard the one about Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Harley and the swimsuit model? One day at Daytona Speedway, Earnhardt's top mechanic was monkeying with a carburetor when Junior pulled up on a shiny new hog.
"Where'd you get that great bike?" said the mechanic.
"Well, I was walking near the track yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman in a bikini rode up on this Harley. She was a model—I'd seen pictures of her in some sports magazine. Anyway, she threw the bike to the ground, ripped off her bikini and said, 'Take what you want.' "
"And you took the hog?" said the mechanic, shaking his head.
"You betcha," said Junior. "I figured the bikini wouldn't fit."
As it turns out, Marisa Miller has never driven a Harley. Before the Santa Cruz, Calif.-born swimsuit model arrived at Daytona Speedway last July, she had never been in a stock car either. "I'm into muscle cars—'69 Camaros and '69 Mustang fastbacks," Miller said as she prepared for a private lap dance in Earnhardt's number 8 car. "My sport is surfing—it's mellow and, like, a whole different world."
Miller didn't know NASCAR Nation from the Plains of Nasca or Dale Earnhardt from Amelia Earhart. "I know three things about Junior," she said. "He's single, he does ads for that cologne, and he's, like, an MTV rock star."
Like so many high-profile rockers, Earnhardt springs from model to actress to Playboy centerfold like a chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag.
"Hi, Marisa," he bleats upon meeting Miller. "Up for a little spin?"