Texas to see more than NASCAR drivers on Saturday at the Sprint Cup's NRA 500
Fort Worth, Texas - Fans gathered in front of the television sets or stuffed in the stands for tomorrow's NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway will be treated to more than just a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. Sure, regular favorites like Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending Cup Champ Brad Keselowski will be rounding the corners, trading some paint and scoring some points. But a few more celebrities will also be on hand.
Giving voice to the traditional "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines" call will be Karl 'the Mailman' Malone. Member of the NBA Hall of Fame, Malone is also an NRA Board Member and ready to get things started. Following Malone with the honor of waving the green flag (a sign that the race is underway) will be Texas Governor and former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry. But the Lone Star State all stars don't stop there.
Taking things a step further, or maybe a suplex further, is World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. A three-time WWE champ, Shawn Michaels will be behind the wheel of Saturday night's pace car. A native Texan, Michaels is taking a break from his hosting duties on the Outdoor Channel's MacMillan River Adventures to take in raceday with the fans ... odds are he'll share part of that day with his son Cameron, a champion racer from the Bandolero Outlaw Division, too.
Previously known as the Samsung Mobile 500, the NRA 500 is a Sprint Cup Series Race on the NASCAR circuit. Held at the Texas Motor Speedway, the 1.5 mile track features a 2,250 frontstretch, a 1,330 backstretch and 24 degree banks in the turns. With a seating capacity of just under 200,000, there promises to be plenty of NRA fans in the stands to enjoy the action.
Tickets are still available for those within driving or flying distance of the track. But if you're not going to make it down to the Texas Motor Speedway, then find yourself a big screen tv and set it to your local fox station. Once the clock hits 7:45 eastern time, we're off to the races.
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