WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Set to Appear at NASCAR Daytona 500

Published 02/06/2021, 11:31 AM EST
A general view of the track taken during the Daytona 500 Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport


This year, NASCAR is pulling out all the stops for the NASCAR Daytona 500. First and foremost, rapper Pitbull is serving as the Grand Marshal. Now, the latest news suggests that WWE wrestler Sasha Banks will take on the role of honorary starter.

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In the coming race weekend, the SmackDown Women’s Champion is expected to show up at the event. It is also worth noting that the Daytona 500 is regarded as one of the most-watched races in the United States. When race weekend arrives, the 500 will air on Fox Sports, which also shares a great relationship with the WWE.

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Who is Sasha Banks, the NASCAR Daytona 500 honorary starter?

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The wrester won the 2020 SmackDown Women’s Championship at Hell In A Cell. She is also a five-time WWE Raw Women’s Champion. Now, the 29-year old will grace the Daytona International Speedway with her presence.

Speaking of the Daytona 500, the race weekend on February 14th kicks off the 2021 Cup season. However, the 500 is one of the most important and iconic events. This obviously explains why NASCAR still wants to retain a sense of pomp, even during the current situation with the pandemic.

So far, Pitbull and Sasha Banks are the only celebrity faces confirmed for the Daytona 500. In addition to that, there is also the fact that the NFL Super Bowl is this weekend, and is just as important as the race. Owing to this, there will be a bit of a stand-off between the Super Bowl and the ‘Great American Race’.

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Obviously, the Super Bowl has its fair share of star power. However, the Daytona 500 has done well to attract plenty of celebrity attention. This isn’t the first time WWE and NASCAR has been mentioned in the same breath. There have been a number of crossovers between the two sports, with NASCAR drivers making cameos in matches.

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Dhruv George

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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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