Ric Flair to NASCAR
Does NASCAR Really Need Wrestler Ric Flair to Sell All Star Race Tickets?
Excuse me – but didn’t Tony Stewart get into trouble a while back for comparing NASCAR to professional wrestling?
“I guess NASCAR thinks, ‘Hey, wrestling worked, and it was for the most part staged, so I guess it’s going to work in racing, too,’” Stewart said. “I can’t understand how long the fans are going to let NASCAR treat them like they’re stupid.”
NASCAR found Stewart’s remarks “very, very disappointing.”
Well, now it seems Marcus and Bruton Smith the owners of Lowe’s Motor Speedway have gone all out in making the NASCAR / Wrestling connection.
They’ve hired iconic wrestler “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair to be the Honorary Race Director for May’s All Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway near Charlotte. Flairs qualifications? He’s the 16 time World Wrestling Heavyweight Champ.
Flair will attend the drivers meeting; assist SPEED with the TV broadcast and driver introductions, and serve as a judge for the Pennzoil Victory Challenge – a burnout competition – with $10,000 going to the winning driver’s favorite charity.
And just to make sure that no one thought Flair’s role was just a celebrity spokesperson, and not really wrestling related the Smiths have produced a wrestling card style poster promoting the race.
All Star Slug-Fest
Saturday Night – May 16 is slated to be an “All Star Slug-Fest. A Night of Fractured Fenders and Broken Dreams.”
In the Transmission Submission Match its Dale Earnhardt Jr versus Tony Stewart.
Dale Jr is wearing the Champion’s belt – and promoted as The People’s Champ — even though Smoke actually has 2 more Cup Championships than Earnhardt.
In the Grudge Match its Kyle Busch against Just About Everybody.
In The Intercontinental Roll Cage Match – a tag team fight – features Kurt “Vegas Violator” Busch paired with Clint “The Destroyer” Bowyer against Kasey “Night Train” Kahne paired with “Marvelous” Mark Martin.
Kyle Busch is the only driver on the poster who doesn’t have a big cartoon wrestler body. According to Kevin Harvick that’s because “they couldn’t find a body big enough for his head.”
Flair Giving Fighting Tips
Flair is offering to school some of the drivers on how to take down their opponents when they get into a fight following a big wreck on the racetrack.
The folks at Lowe’s Motor Speedway are having a lot of fun with this, and I think it’s a good thing.
Just don’t take it too seriously. If NASCAR were fake don’t you think there would be a few more fights after someone gets wrecked, maybe a few more helmets thrown? If NASCAR decided the winner wouldn’t they pick Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon once in a while?