Thursday, January 22, 2009

'NASCAR Wives' Airs Saturday

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 1/22/2009 No comments
UPDATE: NASCAR Wives didn't air on January 24 as originally scheduled. It was reported by a few NASCAR "insiders" websites that the debut of the show was delayed so that footage from February's Daytona 500 could be included. Websites were reporting a March or April premiere date for the show but even that didn't happen. TLC hasn't released any further details on the status of the show, so it looks likely that NASCAR Wives may have been cancelled.


TLC is debuting a new reality show called NASCAR Wives that will chronicle the lives of women who stand by their race-car driving husbands. TLC will air a one-hour episode this Saturday, January 24, 10 p.m., after the Miss America pageant. The show is being billed as a docusoap, following in the success of similar "wives" shows The Real Housewives of Orange County and Army Wives.

The stars of the show are DeLana Harvick (Kevin's wife), Shana Mayfield (Jeremy's wife), Angie Skinner (Mike's wife), and Kelley Earnhardt (Dale Jr.'s sister; hey, you gotta respect the last name). All of these women live in the Charlotte area, so imagine it will show them relaxing on Lake Norman, shopping at Birkdale Village, and flying in helicopters to races--you know, their typical lifestyles.

Jeremy Mayfield's wife Shana will star in the show. Presumably he'll make appearances as well.

I have the DVR set to record it. This is sort of an introductory episode, with the full series set to air in the spring. I'm just mad that I'm not in on this deal. I had the idea for a reality show like this two years ago, when my infatuation with NASCAR drivers' wives began. I used to refer to Lake Norman as our version of the OC, after my first time visiting the lake and seeing all of the ridiculous mansions, many of which are owned by NASCAR drivers and executives.

The show is produced by NASCAR Media Group, which is based in Charlotte and will soon be moving into the new office building that's part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame under construction uptown.


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