Every now and again in the world of sports, an athlete will make a guest appearance on a television show. NASCAR is about to have three of its biggest stars featured in prime time.
Earnhardt, Kahne and Stewart will each voice their animated likeness on an episode entitled "Driving Miss Donna." The episode is scheduled to air on Fox on March 17.
Here is a brief description of the episode, via USAToday.com:
Donna, voiced by Sanaa Lathan, is convinced by husband Cleveland, voiced by Mike Henry, to party a bit and unwind from her public campaign. They have a few too many and end up at a NASCAR track. At least they have designated drivers, in the form of Earnhardt Jr. and Stewart.
In an interview found on the Hendrick Motorsports YouTube page, Earnhardt Jr. discusses his appearance on the show. He talks about how he is a big fan of Family Guy and that doing The Cleveland Show, which is a Family Guy spin-off, was a "no-brainer."
This actually isn't Junior's first go around when it comes to voice work. Back in 2006, he voiced the role of Junior in the Disney and Pixar animated film Cars.
Having the drivers do the show is great from a promotional standpoint.
It's also nice to see that NASCAR is taking advantage of the opportunity to get its drivers into the mainstream. Given the nature of the sport, we do not get to see NASCAR drivers out of their element all that much.
Earnhardt Jr. is obviously the exception to that rule since he is the face of the sport. But on the flip side of that, it's cool to see Kahne and Stewart do this kind of thing.
One would have to think that NASCAR is pulling for the episode to do well ratings-wise. If it were to perform well, it could open the door for more things like this in the future.
There is a clip of the episode available on the article. If the rest of the episode is as good as the clip, then NASCAR fans should be in for a real treat.