Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Celebrity-Pro race teams named

The team lineups have been set for Saturday night’s celebrity-pro race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The celebrities will run 15-lap (or 10-minute) heats and the finishing order of that will determine the starting lineup for the 35-lap race for the pros.

Ray Evernham and Rusty Wallace were the first to announce their pairing, forming what a team of ESPN colleagues.

Another ESPN celebrity, Brad Daugherty will be teamed with Junior Johnson, who won 21 Bristol races as a car owner. And ESPN’s Andy Petree is paired with Sterling Marlin
Television and radio personality Riki Rachtman is paired with Jimmy Spencer. Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer is paired with Cale Yarborough. Bill Jordan of Realtree Outdoors will team with his hunting buddy, Terry Labonte.

Greg Anderson, the three-time National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock champion, will race with David Green. Funny Car driver Ron Capps will be with Jack Ingram and Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert is teamed with Larry Pearson, who this week replaced his father, David Pearson, in the pro lineup. David Pearson is out with a back injury.

David Akers, the kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles, is teamed with Harry Gant and Terry Bowden, football coach the University of North Alabama, is racing with L.D. Ottinger. Former NFL player Mike Compton will team with Phil Parsons.

Akers, Beamer, Bowden, Compton, Jordan and Rachtman will run the first heat to determine the order of the inside starting row of the 35-lap pro event. Anderson, Capps, Daugherty, Evernham, Herbert and Petree will run the second 15-lap heat to set the outside starting row of the main event.

The winning team is guaranteed $25,000 for their charities and a total of $10,000 will go to the charity or charities of the second-place duo. Every other team will get $5,000, $2,500 per driver, for their charities.

ESPN2 will carry the race beginning at 6 p.m. with Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Ned Jarrett in the booth.


Mike Hutton said...

My money is on Ray/Rusty. Should be cool to see father/son in the booth with Doc, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm more intrigued by how a seat is going to be made to accomodate both Junior Johnson and Brad Daugherty.

Anonymous said...

This is gonna be friggin awesome I will watch and have set the DVR!!!

Anonymous said...

Might be some more important things about NASCAR to report on, but does not seem to happen very often anymore, unless somehow NASCAR can be blamed for something.

Brian said...

Sure would have to liked to see the silver fox out there.Regardless it ought to be exciting.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me to set the DVR Mike Spencer is gonna cause a big wreck & take everybody out but Hansome Harry Rusty will need to pull his crying towel out of storage

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billy graham wyatt said...

I am just glad that all of the young people that have jump on the Nascar bandwagon in the past 10 years. will get a chance to see the real pioneers of the sport. I seen Cale run a event like this at New River Valley Speedway in VA. about 6 years ago. Stills drives the way he did in the 70's -80's. Wide open to the front. Watch the bulldog. he will not cry if he bends a fender. said...

I hope that Junior Johnson makes 'em all huddle around a cryin' towel at the end of the night ;)

Anonymous said...

Too bad The king isnt out there to put Cale back in his place!!!

Anonymous said...

How great is it for ESPN to bring us this race and with Ned Jarrett to boot. So great to have ESPN back! And so much for David Hill and the FOX gang - Hill pulled DW from the race days after ESPN made a deal to cover it - perhaps Hill has DW shooting a Digger commerical? FOX has totally lost the plot and clearly does not put race fans first!

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