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Hollywood Star’s Hard Earned NASCAR Entry Draws “Malcolm in The Lead” Reactions for his “Awesome Career Swap”

Published 01/14/2023, 5:00 AM EST

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Actor Frankie Muniz is best known for the titular role in the sitcom, Malcolm in the Middle. However, he is also fairly passionate about motor racing, especially NASCAR. Last year, he tested an ARCA Series car, and that should have been a massive clue about his future in the racing scene. Now, the cat is finally out of the bag, as Muniz is making his ARCA Series debut. The 37-year-old actor-turned-driver will race for Rette Jones Racing in the #30 Ford.

According to YahooSports, he said, “Ever since childhood, it’s been my dream to pursue racing in NASCAR, and it was important for me to partner with a team that aligned with my long-term objectives and vision while providing every opportunity imaginable to grow mentally and physically as a full-time race car driver. I look forward to not only demonstrating my ability on the track and just how serious how I am in progressing in my racing career but also showing my son and family what it is to chase your dreams and reinvent yourself.”


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How did NASCAR fans react to the news?

Obviously, many fans were thrilled when the news broke on social media. In fact, fellow ARCA Series full-time debutant, Christian Rose admitted that he was excited to race against the ex-Agent Cody Banks star. This was because he had grown up watching Malcolm in the Middle, so the chance was pretty cool for him. Other people acknowledged that it was a very big move for Muniz and Rette Jones Racing.

Some people wondered whether the actor was ready to go toe-to-toe with other drivers. Especially on tracks like DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack, and the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, known as the Springfield Mile. A fair number of fans hoped that the 37-year-old would get some good results in his rookie season in the NASCAR fourth tier, as well.


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Finally, there were plenty of jokes about his breakthrough series, Malcolm in the Middle. One fan even wondered whether any commentators would crack some Malcolm in the Middle jokes. It is worth mentioning that Muniz is no novice in the racing scene, as he competed five times in the now-defunct Toyota celebrity race. This was during the IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, where he scored a best finish of third place.



Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare