Daytona 500 2012: 15 Celebritiy Honorary Starters We'd Rather See Than John Cena

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Daytona 500 2012: 15 Celebritiy Honorary Starters We'd Rather See Than John Cena
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John Cena's selection as the honorary starter for the 2012 Daytona 500 was unprecedented. He is the first professional wrestler ever to be tapped for such a duty.

Ironically, the only precedent for NASCAR's selection of the honorary starter for the Great American Race is that there really is no precedent.

Admittedly, it is not a difficult job. The starter simply has to wait for the call to start engines, then wave a green flag once the pace car goes off the track and the cars approach the start/finish line. That's it.

NASCAR has named an honorary starter for every Daytona 500 since 1973. There have been some unsurprising starters, as well those that probably accounted for a lot of head scratching.

Former drivers, Olympic athletes and military personnel have all done the job. None of these starters give pause.

Contrarily, NASCAR has also tapped the former Attorney General of Ohio, an author and even Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg to carry out the flag waving.

John Cena probably would probably be considered more of an odd choice rather than a traditional one.

Still, with no real precedent for what constitutes the qualifications, he cannot be considered a bad, or even wrong, selection.

Listed here are 15 celebrities we might prefer to see other than John Cena.

There is a heavy concentration on music acts because it is my feeling that, if NASCAR would like to emulate the NFL Super Bowl, it could use the honorary starter position as a designator for a major music act to close out the Daytona 500, much like the NFL designates a big-name halftime show performer.

Since there is no existing precedent, why not make one that entertains the fans? Enjoy.

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