Mandi Bierly
June 04, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

This just in: NASCAR drivers aren’t monsters. ”The fans all view me as this real aggressive person that I am on the racetrack,” says racing notable Kevin Harvick. ”But off the track I’m really laid-back.” For the lighter side of speed demons, check out ”NASCAR Drivers: 360” (FX, Fridays at 10 p.m.), a reality series from exec producers Tony Krantz (”24”) and Scott Messick (”Survivor”) that tails 10 of the sport’s top drivers. Already, Harvick has impersonated William Hung, punk’d his father-in-law, and farted on wife DeLana. ”You’d never think that we’d have access to that kind of thing,” Krantz boasts. These gems sound hard to top, but the best moments — such as Harvick running out of gas with five laps to go in Vegas — still occur at the track. The drama is even higher in an upcoming episode when rookie Brian Vickers’ mother witnesses her son’s 200-mph wreck at Daytona (Vickers was unharmed). Says Krantz, ”You couldn’t tell it better if it was scripted.”

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