Alabama native Clayne Crawford, who portrays Detective Martin Riggs on the FOX hit show "Lethal Weapon," will be the Honorary Pace Car driver for Sunday's (May 7) GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The actor, who has had a successful career with both television and film roles, hails from Clay, AL, less than 50 miles away from NASCAR's biggest and baddest race track on the planet - Talladega Superspeedway. He will lead the field of 40 drivers around the mammoth 2.66-mile venue to the green flag of the 10th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Lethal Weapon first aired on FOX in September 2016, and after a successful first season, was renewed for a second. The action-filled show reimagines the 1987 hit movie franchise by following two detectives, Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans). Crawford's character is an ex-Navy SEAL who moves to California to start over at LAPD after a family tragedy. There, he is assigned to work with Murtaugh, who is just returning to the line of duty following a heart attack. Despite clashing at first, after working with Murtaugh, Riggs quickly realizes he's found not only a coworker, but a friend. One of them has everything to live for, and the other has nothing to lose.
Crawford also starred on the acclaimed cable series "Rectify," which won the 2014 Peabody Award for Excellence in Television Broadcasting. He received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his part on the show.
He has been seen in a recurring role on "NCIS: New Orleans," "Graceland," and "Jericho," the latter of which was named TV Program of the Year at the 2012 AFI Awards. His other TV credits include "The Glades," "Justified" and FOX's "24."
In film, Crawford co-stars in the sci-fi feature "Spectral," a thriller where a special ops team fights supernatural beings. In early 2016, he filmed the starring role in indie-thriller "Tinker," which also features his son, Colt. Throughout the years, Crawford has appeared in "A Walk To Remember," "A Love Song For Bobby Long," "Swimfan," "The Baytown Outlaws" and the 2010 Sundance Selection "The Perfect Host."
Crawford continues to reside in Alabama with his wife and three kids, along with a host of horses, cattle and chickens. The family is actively engaged in the Seed to Plate movement, building school gardens and teaching children about the foods they eat.
For ticket information regarding this weekend's races, call the Talladega Ticket Office at 855-518-RACE (7223) or log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.