The NASCAR and NFL worlds were abuzz last week when it was announced that NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III would be driving the pace car for the Toyota Owners 400. RG3 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a Twitter exchange which ended up helping put RG3 behind the wheel. It would seem that NASCAR and the NFL will be crossing paths again this season as another NFL player is set to drive the pace car for the upcoming Kansas race.
According to reports from NBC Sports, Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson will be behind the wheel of the pace car in Kansas. Nelson who might be one of the most underrated receivers in the league is a K-State University alumni. Nelson who happens to be a NASCAR fan seemed to be excited about the opportunity.
Getting the chance to drive alongside some of the greatest racers in the world is truly a dream come true. I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than at my home-state track, Kansas Speedway.
The race at Kansas Speedway is scheduled to be ran on May 10th. Nelson may not bring the star power that someone like RG3 does but it is still cool to see current athletes from other leagues crossing over into the realm of NASCAR. Although the numbers for NASCAR are down this year, the sport is putting out one heck of a product thus far. A continued high quality on-track product combined with things like Nelson and RG3 will help put NASCAR back on track, pun intended.