GLENDORA, Calif. (February 13, 2019) – NHRA drivers helped All-Star NBA personalities put the pedal down recently for team drag racing competition featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. The All-Star Motor Sports Challenge will air on Saturday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on TNT as part of its coverage for NBA All-Star weekend.
NHRA Championship Drag Racers John Force, Brittany Force, Antron Brown and Erica Enders provided an acceleration education to coach a roster of All-Star NBA personalities including O’Neal and Barkley, who served as team captains. Other NBA personalities who participated are Kenny Smith, Baron Davis, Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Candace Parker.
“You guys have to keep that mind clear,” said Brown when coaching the NBA commentators as they prepared to compete. “You’ve got to go out there and think about victory.”
It’s evident from the promotional spot that TNT recently released, that everyone competed to win, and more than a few antics ensued when the episode was filmed at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
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Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.