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UPTON WATCH: Move over, Danica Patrick. There’s a new woman turning heads in the NASCAR garage.

Supermodel Kate Upton was at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, serving as grand marshal for the Daytona 500 along with her “The Three Stooges” co-star Jane Lynch.

Upton grew up in nearby Melbourne riding horses but has come a long way since.

She landed the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue released earlier this month and has modeled for Guess, Dooney & Bourke and Victoria’s Secret.

Not surprisingly, she was a big hit among drivers, crew members and race fans.

She really could have turned things up a notch had she decided to dance. Last year, a video of Upton dancing the “Dougie” at a Los Angeles Clippers game went viral and increased her popularity.

“I learned a new one, the `Cat Daddy,’” Upton told The Associated Press. “I can’t wait to throw that one out. I did it the other day on a shoot in my cover bikini, so who knows.”

Upton and Lynch took part in the 500 to help promote their upcoming movie. They play nuns in the movie, which is scheduled to be released April 13. Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso star as the Stooges and were selected to drop the green flag.

“It will introduce the Stooges to a new generation,” Lynch said. “It’s very much like the series, except it’s not shot in black and white. All the colors are muted. Even though it takes place today, it looks like it was shot back then.”

Lynch also raved about Upton and offered a hint about what moviegoers can expect from Upton’s role.

“She’s very game,” Lynch said. “There’s a great shot when she comes out of swimming pool. She plays a nun, but she does emerge from a swimming pool in an interesting get-up.”


TOUGH TALK: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, the honorary official for the Daytona 500, didn’t hold back when asked about his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans.

When a reporter asked Jones about Evans’ calling him fake in a recent interview, Jones lashed out at his former friend and now top rival.

“Yeah, he’s been calling me that since the beginning of my career,” Jones said. “He’s the guy who’s the fake really, you know. A lot of his actions really don’t add up to the person that he portrays. It’s interesting. It’s pre-fight drama, and I plan on kicking his butt. That’s my only option really.”

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