Shawn Michaels to Get Behind the Wheel Saturday Night for NASCAR

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIApril 11, 2013


The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels is about to take the world of NASCAR by storm.

On Saturday night, NASCAR will be holding the NRA 500 from the Texas Motor Speedway. It will be on this night that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has an opportunity to show off his driving skills. HBK will be leading the NASCAR field of 43 drivers to the green flag because he will be behind the wheel of the pace car.

Michaels broke the news via his official Twitter page:

Big News for me!! Via @nascar : @wweHall of Famer Shawn Michaels To Drive Official Pace Car, Lead The Field To Green Flag For NRA 500 !!

— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) April 10, 2013

Michaels will make history when he gets behind the wheel of the pace car.

This will mark the third time in NASCAR history that a celebrity has had an opportunity to drive the pace car during a NASCAR event. The other celebrities who were bestowed this honor were actor Vince Vaughn in 2007 and MLB Pitcher C.J. Wilson in 2010.

Former Dallas Stars player Mike Modano was almost the third celebrity to drive the pace car back in 2010. However, rain ended up causing NASCAR to postpone the race. As a result, the race was moved to the following Monday and Modano was unable to attend the event.

HBK is no stranger when it comes to the world of racing. His son Cameron Hickenbottom just so happens to be an amateur driver. Cameron has competed at the Texas Motor Speedway in front of his father on several occasions.

Cameron won the Winter Series Championship at Texas Motor Speedway’s Lone Star Legends earlier this year. He is competing in the Battle at the Big Top at Texas Motor Speedway during the NRA 500 race week.

Overall, this is some fantastic news for HBK.

For those of you who did not know, Michaels has his own television show. His show, titled MacMillan River Adventures, can be seen on The Outdoor Channel. Michael's co-hosts the show with Keith Mark.

MacMillan River Adventures will begin its third season in July.

Being a part of this NASCAR event is going to be great press and exposure for MacMillan River Adventures. Although he is known for his WWE fame, it's almost a guarantee that when he does interviews for his appearance he is going to be asked about life outside of the ring.

This also has to be cool for Michaels because of his son.

Many WWE fans tweeted HBK during Raw on Monday to get this thoughts on the New Jersey crowd chanting for him. As it turns out, he wasn't watching Raw because he was at the race track supporting his son.

Come Saturday night, Cameron is going to have the chance to watch his dad on the race track. I have to imagine that they both find that to be pretty awesome.

Live coverage of the NRA 500 will begin Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. ET.

And if you're not down with that, I've got two words for ya...