Ric Flair to NASCAR

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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.

“I’m honored to be part of the 25th running of the Sprint All-Star race.” ~ Ric Flair

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?

 

 

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9 Comments on Ric Flair to NASCAR

  1. marcel on
  2. This is bad, bad news,Who cares about wrestling seriously, its a show.This is going to hurt Nascar, children know wrestling is not real and that is going to reflect that car racing is not real.

  3. Donna Cunningham on
  4. I second that

  5. Rob on
  6. Were there not any puppeteers available?

  7. harry kimmey on
  8. LIKE I’VE SAID BEFORE, ITS ALL ABOUT BIG BUCKS. MARKETING, WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THE FANS, AS YOU KNOW A LOT OF FANS ARE RED NECKS, ME INCLUED. I KNOW WRESELING IS FAKE BUT I DO WATCH IT SOMETIMES. THOSE GUYS PUT ON A PRETTY GOOD SHOW, LOT LIKE NASCAR. LEFT TURN,LEFT TURN AND START TO RACE THE LAST FEW LAPS. WE KNOW ONE IS FAKE AND THE OTHER IS ALMOST THAT WAY. DALE SENIOR WOULD LAUGH AT THE RACING TODAY, RATTLE THAT CAGE A THING OF THE PAST. TONY HAS BETTER RACING AT HIS TRACK, AND THE DRIVERS LOVE TO MIX IT UP. BRING BACK THE RACING OF YESTERDAY, HANG IT UP ON GOING TWO HUNDRED MILES A HOUR ON A TRACK LONG ENOUGH TO BE A RUN WAY AT A AIRPORT. YOU CAN BRING PRICES DOWN ON TICKETS, BUT I THINK YOU LOST OUT WITH A LOT OF FANS. BORING RACES. STAY HOME MOW THE YARD AND HAVE A COUPLE BEERS, WATCH RACE ON TV AND MOW DURING THE CAUTIONS AND COMMERIALS. K.K.

    Next thing NASCAR will come up with will be football players singing the National Anthem in bikini’s !!! Duh…if they change some of their stupid rules and just keep the races for the entire family (like it should be) as soon as the economy gets better, and it will, then we will can afford to bring the whole family back to racing again.

  9. jean on
  10. nascar really wants to draw the fans put on a contest for the FANS do something for the people as for Rick Flair (what ever)

  11. barbara on
  12. WELL,HELLO THERE! Yes, I am a wrestling fan and have been since I was a little girl and watched it with my Dad after the news.To start with YOU ALREADY HAVE A WRESTLER IN YOUR MITS, NASCAR, HE GOES BY “PIT STOP” WAS INVOLVED WITH TNA, don’t know what happened BUT HE WAS PRETTY GOOD. CAROLINA IS HOME TO “THE NATURE BOY” and I think it’s great news. Rick is a good wrestler and a good performer AND HE IS LIKED BY EVERYONE, BAD OR GOOD. Right now he could put on a good show even though we have gotten older and the falls come harder, Rick can still hang with the best of them. I sort of wish he would come to TNA, he wouldn’t have to wrestle every nite and probably pick the matches he wanted to participate in,RICK IS A TRUE CROWD PLEASER NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS. HE MADE A VERY FAMOUS SAYING “WOO” AND YOU HEAR IT IN A LOT OF PLACES FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. For those people who do not know wrestling and have never been DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MISSING. THE FANS ARE AS FUNNY AS THE WRESTLERS. I DON’T LIKE TO SEE THEM GET HURT REAL BAD, BUT YOU KNOW IF YOU TOOK SOME CHAIR HITS YOU WOULD BE TAKING SOME KIND OF ASPIRIN. Getting back to NASCAR, THEY NEED TO GO GREEN SOMEHOW. THEY NEED TO TALK TO THE MAN
    IN TEXAS THAT IS OR HAS MADE BATTERY CARS, WATCH THE MOVIE, DOCUMENTARY OF “WHO STOPPED THE ELECTRIC CAR”.Toni has a track, Everham has a track, this would also bring the young more into the picture, I’m sure MY FAVORITE CREW CHIEF—- CHAD KNAUS could come up with something along with Jimmie Johnson, Jeff, and
    Jr. as you can see I am strictly a GM person.
    COME ON BOYS, I KNOW YOU CAN COME UP WITH SOMETHING. I cannot afford to go to the races but I semi-watch on TV, where I can DRINK MY BEER, EAT MY CHICKEN AND ROOT FOR JR. SINCERELY GRANNY 67

    Ric Flair….for Smith like the “Track Rodent” …for DW that won’t sell tickets or motel rooms. Blue collar prices will make the difference. Reduce the payouts so seat prices can come down. Look what the 43rd place car makes at the end of each race. You don’t ever have to win to earn a half million a year.

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