Apparently some people think Dewey Ryder is actually going to drive the #88 car
Ahead of the weekend at Martinsville Speedway the latest editions of Dewey Ryder commercials were released. Of course, none of you missed that. Unless you fell asleep in your bean bag chair.
If so, all the extended versions of the Dewey Ryder commercials are posted below.
“Oh man, have they been running that a lot or what? I didn’t know that this was gettin’ so much time,” Dale Earnhardt Jr explains during the Dale Jr Download.
“I’ve been surprised at how many people — I know a lot of people do like it. I find it hilarious. I think they did a great job with it. It was fun to put together and be a part of.”
Dewey Ryder is the new spokesperson for Mountain Dew. As Dale Earnhardt Jr embarks on retirement the fishnet wearing fictional character is climbing into the seat, backwards.
“But, I’m surprised by how many people don’t like it. I find some people’s comments on social media to give me the impression that they really think that he’s takin’ over the car.”
“There’s a few that are like, ‘I don’t know about that guy, I just can’t like him.’ It just seams like they maybe think that it’s a genuine ad. That this guy’s really gunna race the car.”
That position has been filled. Alex Bowman is the new pilot of the #88 for Hendrick Motorsports.
“Maybe what I’m seeing is people find it as a slam on NASCAR. They think it’s a knock on the sport that he’s kinda making fun, it’s goofy or whatever.”
That reaction is likely similar to Talladega Nights. That particular movie is well received on a comedic level, scoring 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, some NASCAR fans don’t appreciate the film. I would have to put myself in that category. On the flip side, I’m throughly entertained by Dewey Ryder.
“They’ve got a bunch of those in the tank. They ask him to describe what loose is, the trackbar and all kinds of stuff. And it’s hilarious.”
Danny McBride who’s breakout roles came via comedies like Superbad and Pineapple Express has one liner after one liner. Each of those are done in improv.
“They’re like Danny sit down. We’re gunna tell you some NASCAR terms and you’re just gunna ramble. He sat down and he just goes.”
“The worst part about working with Danny is trying not to laugh during the whole thing. Every take gets ruined by someone laughing during it.”
“Again, I’m gunna say that I hope this ends up becoming a series on Showtime, HBO or wherever the hell. I think it’s got legs. But, he ain’t never gunna make no race car driver.”
Maybe so, but what we do need is a NASCAR driver with that personalty. Matt Kenseth was the closest thing we had to that. But, Matt Kenseth didn’t show us that side of himself until the bitter end.