Dale Earnhardt Jr. deserves all the credit for bringing the Toyota Owners 400 to the attention of superstar Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. RGIII finally got with NASCAR after Dale Earnhardt Jr. suggested he drive the pace car around Richmond International Raceway for the beginning of the Saturday night race from a tweet on twitter.
RGIII doesn’t seem like the type of guy to be even somewhat interested in NASCAR. Him not looking the part made it a good move for NASCAR. Bringing in a star like that to drive the pace car and bring attention to one of your best races of the year is a smart thing to do. Having him there brings attention of others that may have not been interested in NASCAR.
Crazier things have happened, but I believe having RGIII there at Richmond gained NASCAR some much needed fans in the Northeast region of the country. NASCAR has always been a southern sport, but with the recent changes NASCAR has made, they’re starting to bring in more fans of different ages and different backgrounds.
I believe NASCAR should continue this trend and have an extremely popular athlete, or actor drive the pace car next week at Talladega. Talladega itself should bring NASCAR some more fans if they can draw the attention of people who normally don’t watch the sport with yet another famous person.
Yes, I know NASCAR has always had famous people come in and take part, but having RGIII there was bigger than a lot are making it. His relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. is something worth noting too. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been the most popular driver in NASCAR for the past 12 something years, so if fans see him with RGIII, they should be happy.
Next week at Talladega I expect another good move by NASCAR by bringing in someone famous. Some may even like to see the wild turtle man or something at a NASCAR event. NASCAR just needs to keep making race weekends fun for the fans and they will be alright.