NASCAR & Auto Racing

Boo Weekley named honorary starter for Talladega Cup race

New golf hero Boo Weekley, who helped the United States team upset the Europeans last week in the Ryder Cup, has been picked as the honorary starter for the AMP Energy 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 5.

"I can't believe I'm actually going to wave the green flag at Talladega," Weekley said. "I have actually been to a race there before and it was so much fun to be in the middle of all those fans. It's going to be intense to see all those cars come roaring past at 200 mph, I can't wait."

Over the course of his first Ryder Cup event, Weekley went 2-0-1, with a team victory in Saturday fourballs competition with teammate JB Holmes and a singles victory over Oliver Wilson on Sunday.

Weekley also had one of the most best moments of the weekend when he hit a great drive off the first tee on Sunday then put his driver between his legs and galloped down the fairway as if it were a horse. He drew laughter for his antics and cheers for his five birdies and an eagle he holed from the bunker later that day.

He is currently ranked 17th on the PGA Tour Money list and owns two career PGA Tour victories.