Michael Rooker, AKA Rowdy Burns, named pace car driver for Richmond Cup race

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Rowdy Burns is back!

The driver who terrorized Cole Trickle in a stock car, a rental car and a wheel chair is coming to a track near you.

Specifically Richmond Raceway on April 21 for the Toyota Owners 400.

That’s when actor Michael Rooker, who portrayed Burns in the 1990 film Days of Thunder, will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Cup race at Richmond.

Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead) is a native of Jasper, Alabama, located roughly 95 miles west of Talladega.

“I am grateful for the chance to get behind the wheel to lead NASCAR’s best to the green flag at America’s Premier Short Track,” Rooker said in a press release. “As someone who was raised in NASCAR country, I’ve always appreciated fans asking about my portrayal of Rowdy Burns in ‘Days of Thunder’. As I return to Richmond Raceway, I can unequivocally state that I agree with Robert Duvall’s character Harry Hogge in the film that said, ‘rubbin, son, is racin’.”

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