Tweet drives RG3 to RIR for Saturday night’s NASCAR race

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be in Richmond this weekend to drive the pace car at Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

“It started with a tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) to Robert Griffin III (@RGIII), followed by some chiming in from Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier (@RIRprez) and RIR (@RIRinsider),” RIR spokesman Rich Denzler said. “Griffin will join thousands of fans who align with the Redskins and NASCAR, just a short trip south of Washington, DC.”

Before the race, Griffin will visit with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hall of Fame Washington Redskins Head Coach (and NASCAR team owner) Joe Gibbs.


  • John

    I would rather see a US veteran drive the pace car then a football player. We hold these wanta be role models up high, while true hero’s are often forgot about.

  • Liz

    Normally, I might agree but this man is a role model. He completed his education (not being given a hand-out due to his athletic ability) and gives back to the community. In his first year on the Redskins team, he heard of a high school that was selling items at a Friday night football game for breast cancer research and went down to the school to help. While I would never diminish the contributions our men and women in uniform have made to the country, having a true role model also is a gift.

  • BSullivan

    He was raised by strong military parents, is a friend of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and the race was in Richmond, VA, which is home to Redskins Training Camp. I’m certain that like the good veterans who raised this young man, and the very many he holds in high regard, Robert Griffin III has earned what his achievements afford him. I also have no doubt that if a veteran happened to be waiting in the wings to drive that pace car, he’d have been happy to ride shotgun.

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