NASCAR Sprint Cup owner/driver Michael Waltrip is no stranger to acting. He's starred in countless commercials over the years, with trained actors or with other NASCAR and NHRA stars. Now he'll get a chance to play himself alongside actors Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee in the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl.
During this off weekend on the NASCAR schedule Waltrip will be in Hollywood until Saturday to tape the episode, which is scheduled to air on April 30, Waltrip's 46th birthday. Waltrip got the opportunity to star on the show after Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker recommended him to the show's creator and executive producer, Greg Garcia.
"In my opinion, My Name Is Earl is an instant classic," Waltrip said in a release. "I am proud to be a part of this show as it always tells a great story about Earl's need to do good things for people. How he gets to the resolution is absolutely hilarious."
-- Michele Vincze