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.