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Star Lotulelei gets the full NASCAR experience


It sounds like the set-up to a Jeff Foxworthy joke, but it was actually just another day in Charlotte sports.

Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, their first-rounder from Tonga, spent Sunday at the local NASCAR event, and met one of the stars of “Duck Dynasty.”

“That was a neat thing to get a picture with him,” Lotulelei said of duck-call entrepreneur Willie Robertson, via the Associated Press. “I can’t wait to get back and tell some of people at home. You can watch this stuff on TV, but there is nothing like being here.

“Just being here, man, I think I can do this all year around.”

Lotulelei also ingratiated himself on the locals by preferring the experience to that other race that was run on Sunday, the one in Indiana with bricks and milk.

“I know the Indy 500 is big and I’ve been there, but I think this has got it beat right now,” Lotulelei said. “This right here is a ton of fun. I’ve got the all-access pass so I’m getting the full tour. And it’s been an unbelievable thing.”

He said meeting NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and some others was “pretty cool” as well, but if he can firm up the middle of the Panthers defense, he might find himself much more popular than the drivers or maybe even the reality TV types who follow them.

UPDATE May 28, 2:06 p.m. ET: Apparently, Lotulelei was not awestruck by NASCAR or reality TV stars. Two sources close to the first-rounder told PFT that he wasn’t even at the race, and that the Associated Press had mistakenly interviewed someone else.
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11 Responses to “Star Lotulelei gets the full NASCAR experience”
  1. vexey says: May 27, 2013 1:46 PM

    Yeah we do love our NASCAR

    Now to get him to try some livermush

  2. unbiasfan says: May 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    The bigger star would still be Lotulelei, the dude could probablly take down 3 Mcdonald’s stores in one sitting…

  3. ozymandias121 says: May 27, 2013 2:23 PM

    Did he learn how too turn left?

  4. kd75 says: May 27, 2013 2:41 PM

    Future Crew Chief of Joe Gibbs Racing.

  5. jdphx says: May 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    More popular in N. Carolina than Nascar?

    I doubt that…

  6. thingamajig says: May 27, 2013 3:32 PM

    Just another redneck from Tonga.

  7. sadoclause says: May 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    must be awkward having to smile and pretend to like the local flavor.

  8. mz1394 says: May 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    NASCAR SUCKS so if in the future the nfl had robots playing the guys controlling the robots would be considered athletes please. Oh and when the robot breaks down or crashes then the guy controlling them has to go out also. NASCAR might be a skill but there is nothing athletic about it

  9. feelnsavage says: May 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Im from Greensboro, North Carolina… Lived in Raleigh all my life. Let me be the first to tell you, NooOoOoo one cares about Nascar here. Maybe because im black but i also have many white friends and Nooooooo one cares about Nascar. So theres that… So Lotulelei got big chance out shining them

  10. longsufferingbillsfan says: May 27, 2013 11:57 PM

    It’s been my experience that approximately 100% of the people who rip on and insult NASCAR have never been to a NASCAR race. Lotulelei seems able to tell you it’s hard not to be impressed.

  11. rjkilla says: May 28, 2013 7:27 AM

    god i hate living in a part of the country where driving in circles for 500 miles is considered entertaining

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