Kelly Clarkson Takes a Break, NASCAR Style

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Kelly Clarkson is doing many surprising things these days. Aside from joining heavy metal groups in videos, the occasional dare devil is giving NASCAR a try. Sort of.

The first-ever champion of American Idol served as grand marshal of the Nextel Cup Series at the Calfornia Speedway on Sunday. She's seen here posing next to Jeff Gordon (top, right) and then taking a break like a seasoned racing veteran:

Clarkson at the Races

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