Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Be Featured On <i>Handy Manny</i> On March 20

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IMarch 19, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 05:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 5, 2010 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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NASCAR has always been a family sport and with trying to reach to people through other venues, it became a good idea to connect to kids through cartoons.

First came the movie Cars, which featured Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Then came Jeff Gordon on Sesame Street saying his famous line, "Wiggly Wiggly Wiggly".

The next chapter added to the list is Handy Manny as Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with singer Lance Bass, will be featured in a special primetime episode tomorrow night (March 20) at 7pm.

"My 4-year-old niece is a huge Handy Manny fan, so when Disney Channel approached me about doing this role, I did it with her in mind," Earnhardt Jr. said in a press release earlier this year.

"It was fun doing it, and being "Chase Davis" for a while. I know Kennedy will enjoy seeing me on her favorite cartoon."

"Like NASCAR racing, Handy Manny Big Race is something the entire family can enjoy together," Wilmer Valderrama, who plays Manny, said in that same press release.

"I am so excited that we incorporated one of America's favorite pastimes and the legendary Dale Earnhardt, Jr. into the world of Handy Manny."

In the  episode titled "Manny's Big Race", Handy Manny and his tool hit the track for the Wood Valley 500. They help Elliot fix up his car for the race, though when it's ready to go, Elliot's nerves get the best of him and Chase Davis (voiced by Dale Earnhardt Jr.) steps in to help.

Though the help from Chase is no help as Elliot's nerves get the best and with his tools at his pit crew, Manny tries to win the big race.

Handy Manny is a daily cartoon show for children that stars Wilmer Valderrama as Manny, Carlos Alazraqui as Felipe, Dee Bradley Baker as Turner, Grey Delisle as Flicker, Nika Futterman as Stretch and Squeeze, Tom Kenny as Mr. Lopart and Pat, Kath Soucie as Dusty, Fred Stoller as Rusty, and Nancy Truman as Kelly.

The showcases Manny with his tools using communication and teamwork to solve problems while teaching viewers key Spanish words and phrases.


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