Faith-Based Programming Revs Up with
Earnhardt Reality Series
(DGIwire) – Family dynasties abound in the world of auto racing. Think of the
legendary Mario Andretti and his sons Michael and Jeff; Al Unser and his
brothers Jerry Jr., Bobby and Louie; and A.J. Foyt Jr. and his grandchildren
Larry and A.J. Yet another clan whose love of racing has extended wide across
the branches of the family tree is the Earnhardts.
One of the most dynamic up-and-comers in this celebrated family is Bobby Dale
Earnhardt. Born into a family of racing royalty, the 28-year-old is the grandson
of NASCAR legend Dale “the Intimidator” Earnhardt Sr., and two other
relatives—uncle Dale Earnhardt Jr. and father Kerry Earnhardt—have also
wowed the crowds. As for Bobby, not only is he proving himself on the
racetrack—he’s racing to reality TV.
Earlier this year, Bobby agreed to
based on his quest to follow in his
grandfather’s footsteps. The show,
produced by Momentous
Entertainment Group, has been
tentatively titled Chasing a Legend:
The Racing Life of Bobby Earnhardt.
The show will give viewers an
unprecedented look at the life of this
up-and-coming racing star and also
give them an up-close view of the world
of ARCA racing. Bobby was voted 2013 ARCA Truck Rookie of the Year and
Most Popular Driver. The ARCA Truck Series, which is completing its sixth full
season, has grown into one of the most versatile in short-track racing.
Truck Lining Up for RaceBut the show is likely to do more than this: it may
reflect the religious insights of a rising star in a sport that has long attracted the
faithful. This attitude is reflected by organizations such as the nationwide
ministry Motor Racing Outreach, which notes on its website its mission to
introduce the racing community to a personal faith in Christ. ABC News notes
that amid the action of NASCAR thrives a rich vein of religion; auto racing is the
only major sport with a pregame invocation, and some drivers make a point to
actively promote their faith. And Christianity Today has chronicled how
evangelicals have taken specific steps to conduct outreach focused on racing.
“Bobby Dale Earnhardt and his famous relatives—like many involved in the
sport of racing—are strong in their faith,” says Kurt Neubauer, CEO of
Momentous Entertainment Group. “Although the emphasis of the new reality
show will be Bobby’s exploits on the racetrack, we feel he might be willing to
share his personal feelings about his Christian beliefs. We think these insights
will give his fans and new audiences a well-rounded perspective on what goes
through a racer’s mind on and off the track.”
Revving up on the racetrack may become the
newest and most interesting twist on faith-based
reality TV to date.