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RGIII's reign at Richmond gets video treatment

May 14, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

RGIII's reign at Richmond gets video treatment
Redskins QB's first NASCAR experience captured in video remembrance

Innocently enough, the reach and breadth of social media helped NASCAR's most popular driver and Richmond International Raceway turn a star NFL quarterback into an honorary NASCAR official last month.

The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III, thanks to a special invite from longtime Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr., savored his first NASCAR experience at the Toyota Owners 400 on April 26. A suggestion from Richmond track president Dennis Bickmeier transformed Griffin from mere celebrity guest to pace-car driver for the start.

RGIII didn't need much prodding, as evidenced by a YouTube video posted Wednesday by the track. The two-minute recap details Griffin's visit from his pace-car training, his media rounds and his interaction with former Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs, the legendary former Redskins coach.

Griffin said during a pre-race media session that he would "let the professionals do the driving" over taking a chance behind the wheel of a race car in the Saturday night main event. Leading the 43-car field to the green flag sufficed as a once-in-a-lifetime consolation prize.