“Haven’t Felt This Much Energy” – WWE Superstar Sasha Banks on Her NASCAR Daytona 500 Experience

Published 02/17/2021, 5:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Sasha Banks at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Square on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


When the NASCAR Daytona 500 kicked off, WWE superstar Sasha Banks took on the role of honorary starter. She waved the green flag to start the iconic race, and safe to say, she had a really good time at the Daytona International Speedway. Apparently, she was not the only WWE star there, as her contemporary, Kalisto also turned up for the race weekend.

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Recently, Banks spoke about her experience as a NASCAR spectator. She said, “I’m a little shook, but I’m really excited. This is really crazy, I haven’t felt this much energy in forever. That adrenaline… You have to be here, its so loud, it was so wild!

“I have so much respect for NASCAR, so much respect for the drivers, the teams, the crew, everyone. What a hustle to do this.”

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In the end, Banks got to witness a hugely entertaining Daytona 500. There was plenty of action, drama, a huge rain delay, and yet another unexpected winner. To be precise, Michael McDowell took the checkered flag for his first-ever win in the Cup Series.

How did the NASCAR Daytona 500 pan out?

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As mentioned before, there was plenty of action on the track. There were plenty of wrecks, and even the rain gods decided to drop by and say hello. That promptly resulted in a lengthy red flag period during the middle of the first stage. To further complicate matters, there was even lightning detected in the area.

Luckily, it soon cleared up, and everyone was back racing once again. After a lot more racing action, things came to a head on the final lap. Michael McDowell accidentally tagged Brad Keselowski, who clipped Joey Logano in turn. The two Penske cars then triggered another ‘Big One’ and it resulted in a number of eliminations.

All in all, it certainly ensured that Sasha Banks and Kalisto enjoyed themselves. Other celebrity appearances included team Trackhouse co-owner, Pitbull. Apparently, he was serving as the Grand Marshal for the race. Needless to say, it was one of the most entertaining races.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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.

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