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NASCAR driver unveils spectacular Capitals champions-themed helmet

Ellis intends to rock his red during race in Wisconsin next month @NHLdotcom

Washington Capitals fans are commemorating their first Stanley Cup championship in extraordinary ways, but stock-car racer Ryan Ellis took the celebration to a new level.

Ellis, a driver on the NASCAR XFinity series, unveiled a Capitals-themed helmet with the team's Stanley Cup-champion logo that he intends to wear at a race in Wisconsin next month.

Tweet from @ryanellisracing: ICYMI: my favorite helmet ever:My new @Capitals @OffAxisPaint helmet!

Ellis' helmet, painted by Off Axis Paint, is bright red with and features the Capitals main logo on top, with its alternate eagle logo on either side and a huge Stanley Cup champion logo on the back. He grew up a Capitals fan in Ashburn, Virginia, and has reportedly been considering a Washington-themed helmet for a long time.

"I was thinking of something I'm passionate about and figured I'd do the [Capitals] since it's something I'd always wanted to do," Ellis told Russian Machine Never Breaks. "I was hoping to get it done around March, but it definitely is a process because there is usually a little bit of a waiting period.

"At a certain point the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs came and I was like 'Hmm, maybe the Caps might win it all. I'll paint it after the Caps win the Cup and get the Cup logo on it."

Ellis is an avid hockey player who played for the George Mason University team when he was there. He has been pulling double duty, racing and serving as director of marketing and public relations for Go Fas Racing, but reportedly intends to debut his new helmet at the Johnsonville 180 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Aug. 25.

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