Arizona D-Backs, Cardinals and MMA fighters take on Phoenix Raceway

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Arizona D-Backs, Cardinals and MMA fighters take on Phoenix Raceway

Athletes from the Valley of the Sun recently made their way to Phoenix Raceway to drive and ride in a NASCAR racecar. The one-mile oval racetrack in suburban Phoenix hosted members of the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and MMA fighters for an afternoon of stock cars and high-speed laps.

“I’ve always wanted to drive a racecar,” said Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas. “To experience it today was pretty awesome.”

Rojas was joined by Diamondbacks teammate Stone Garrett. Victor Dimukeje, Jesse Luketa and Cameron Thomas of the Arizona Cardinals took part in the event. Sullivan Cauley and A.J. McKee of Bellator MMA both got a first-hand NASCAR experience at Phoenix Raceway.

Phoenix Raceway, Arizona D-Backs, Cardinals and MMA fighters take on Phoenix Raceway, ClassicCars.com Journal
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 21: AJ McKee poses for a photo during the NASCAR Racing Experience Event at Phoenix Raceway on October 21, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

“This is a real feeling,” said Demuke. “It’s something I’ve never done before and I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Phoenix Raceway, Arizona D-Backs, Cardinals and MMA fighters take on Phoenix Raceway, ClassicCars.com Journal
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 21: Arizona Cardinals players Victor Dimukeje (L) and Jesse Luketa pose for a photo during the NASCAR Racing Experience Event at Phoenix Raceway on October 21, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Each participant drove a NASCAR racecar around Phoenix Raceway and afterwards were put in the passenger seat as NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett gave them a proper lap around the track.

Phoenix Raceway, Arizona D-Backs, Cardinals and MMA fighters take on Phoenix Raceway, ClassicCars.com Journal
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 21: NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett adjusts his gloves during the NASCAR Racing Experience Event at Phoenix Raceway on October 21, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

“We compete in two different worlds and to see these guys out of their element it’s a lot of fun to show them what I did for a long time,” said Jarrett. “Because I wouldn’t want to do and try to do what they did.”



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