Mario Lopez named honorary Martinsville NASCAR race starter - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Mario Lopez named honorary Martinsville NASCAR race starter

Posted: Updated:
Mario Lopez; Courtesy: Martinsville Speedway Mario Lopez; Courtesy: Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, VA -

The upcoming NASCAR STP Gas Booster 500 will have a Hollywood racing fan wave the green flag.

Martinsville Speedway announced on Thursday, that former Save by the Bell co-star, turned Extra co-host, Mario Lopez will be the honorary starter for the April 7th Sprint Cup race.

"My dad is a big car lover and I grew up one too," said Lopez.  "I'm honored and excited about being the honorary starter. I've been to several NASCAR races, but I've never done anything like this. I hope I do everything right."

Lopez says he went to his first NASCAR event several years ago, as a guest of a track owner.  That's when he bean to appreciate the sport, drivers, and fans.

"I've always had a great time the times I've been able to go to races. The people are really nice and the racing is so exciting," stated Lopez.  "NASCAR crowds are so very passionate, so very loyal. They know what they are talking about and I like that they really get behind their driver."

Lopez added that he's looking forward to his trip to the "paper clip."

"Martinsville is a short track, just a half-mile. You're right on top of things and I understand a lot of things happen on the track there," Lopez said.

As for who he may cheer for, Lopez counts Carl Edwards as a friend, and has had Jimmie Johnson on Extra.  Lopez ads that runs into some of the drivers a lot while working in New York.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • 12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

    12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:24:35 GMT
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday, April 21 stat 11:46 a.m.
    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday at 11:46 a.m.
  • 29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

    29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:32:06 GMT
    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.