After the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s exciting win at Daytona International Speedway, it was UFC welterwight Johny Hendricks who won the NASCAR fantasy celebrity league with 209.5 points.
Hendricks' lead didn't last for long because once Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix, commissioner Alyssa Milano won with 349.5 points, ultimately taking the overall lead.
Milano has kept her overall lead despite Dhani Jones winning this week with 195 points after Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following Milano in the overall standings are Kal Penn and Johny Hendricks to make up the top three.
Milano built on her lead with a strong lineup for the race at Bristol Motor Speedway as she totaled a league-high 229.5 points for this past week. It was a strong debut week for Drew, who totaled 218 points for the second-best score of the week. Johny Hendricks finished fourth on a weekend, in which he won the UFC welterweight title. Country artists Florida Georgia Line finished eighth this week. Only actor Michael Rooker, who finished fifth this week, had race winner Carl Edwards in his lineup.
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Read the bios of this year's celebrity league competitors:
Alyssa Milano (commissioner)
Actress, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film. She currently stars in Lifetime's "Project Runway All Stars" as well as the ABC series, "Mistresses." She has been lauded for her philanthropic efforts throughout her career, most notably for her involvement with UNICEF. Recently, Alyssa created the comic book 'Hacktivist,' which tackles online activism and information-sharing as a means to political freedom. Alyssa created Touch by Alyssa Milano, which is the premier, high-end fashion brand for the female sports fan. The brand represents a breakthrough in fashion and function. Touch is the only brand that holds licenses for all four major sports leagues, Colleges and NASCAR. As commissioner of the 2014 Celebrity league, Alyssa will look to keep these teams in line.
Tyler Clary is an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold-medalist. He began swimming when he was 8 years old and began winning at all levels shortly thereafter. After a silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2007 Pan American Games and a third-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Clary accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, where he was a three-time national champion, before turning pro in 2010. In the 2012 Olympics in London, Clary won gold in the 200-meter backstroke. Tyler is a long-time motorsports enthusiast and is an early favorite to win the celebrity league.
Allen Covert is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer best known for his frequent collaborations with actor Adam Sandler through his company, Happy Madison Productions. The two have been friends since college and have developed a professional partnership that has led to highly successful careers for both. Covert has served as a performer, writer, and/or producer in fan favorites Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and Grandma's Boy. Covert may hold the record for last-place finishes in the Happy Madison fantasy football league, but he's not letting that hold him back. He maintains his confidence in being better at putting together a fantasy NASCAR team and says he has the speeding tickets to prove it.
UFC welterweight Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks began his career in 2007 with the goal of becoming the World Champion. And he did just that by winning the UFC welterweight title at UFC 171 on March 15. Hendricks was a four-time D1 All-American and two-time D1 National Champion wrestler at Oklahoma State University. Since joining the professional ranks, he has a record of 15 wins and only two losses with eight wins coming by TKO and one by submission. The southpaw spent some time at Texas Motor Speedway last year and counts several drivers as friends. How can you not love a guy who lists his preferred technique as "punching people in the face?"
Dhani Jones is a linebacker who played 11 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines, earning All-Big Ten honors for three straight seasons before being selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Jones stayed in New York for four seasons before moving to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles and finishing his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. During his playing days, Jones hosted the Travel Channel series "Dhani Tackles the Globe" and the VH1 show "Ton of Cash." Dhani is currently the host of Playbook360 on SPIKE TV & Nissan GT Academy on SPIKE TV. Dhani posted nearly 900 tackles in his NFL career, but never won a championship. That may give him the motivation he needs to take home this title.
Kal Penn is an actor, producer, and civil servant, known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the hilarious Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. In 2009, Penn served the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, a post he would serve twice over the next two years before returning to acting full-time. After a significant arc on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother, Penn recently boarded the CBS drama Battle Creek, from Vince Gilligan and David Shore. During the 2013 NASCAR season, Penn took over the @NASCAR Twitter account for an eventful evening from Richmond International Raceway.
Actor Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Ala. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. He's spent much of his professional career playing brutes, villains and psychopaths with memorable roles in films such as JFK and Tombstone. Rooker was cast as Merle Dixon in AMC's hit series The Walking Dead, a role that earned him a large and loyal fan base all over the world. To NASCAR fans, however, Rooker will always be known as Rowdy Burns, his character from the 1990 hit movie "Days of Thunder."
The iconic Robert Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) exploded on the Rap/Pop music scene in 1990. He has the fastest selling record of all time, topping the Billboard charts with the No. 1 single "Ice Ice Baby." His worldwide record sales total over 160 million -- and still selling. Vanilla Ice won two MTV Awards, two American music Awards, a People's Choice Award, and was nominated for a Grammy. Recently, he's had a lead role in the movies appearing with Adam Sandler in "That's My Boy," two DIY Network shows, 'The Vanilla Ice Project' and 'Vanilla Ice Goes Amish,' which is the highest rated show on DIY Network. He's had great success in real estate with mentoring courses in real estate investments as well as live seminars around the USA. He recently won an award for "Most Outstanding Citizen" of Wellington, Palm Beach 2014 for his charitable work for children. Also a competitive motocross racer, Ice hopes to lap the field this season with his NASCAR picks.
Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), FGL has exploded since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified "Stay," the PLATINUM-certified hits "Get Your Shine On" and "Round Here," and 6X PLATINUM "Cruise." Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart, "Cruise" has sold over 6.8 million downloads in the US alone and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time according to SoundScan. The award-winning duo's current single "This Is How We Roll" featuring Luke Bryan is quickly climbing the country radio charts and is from the deluxe version of their chart-topping, PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville).
FGL has racked up four nominations - Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year (HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES), Single of the Year ("Cruise") and Vocal Event of the Year ("Cruise" Remix featuring Nelly) - for the ACM Awards, airing April 6 at 8:00P Eastern on CBS. Earlier in the weekend (April 4), FGL will join labelmates at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival for "Outnumber Hunger Live!" to raise awareness for the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger.
Drew Ryniewicz, simply known as "Drew" is a fan favorite from season one's "X-Factor," when she almost won the competition at just 14 years old. Her soulful renditions of Must've Been Love, Flashdance (Oh What A Feeling) and her audition with Justin Bieber's Baby won over tens of millions of fans, who more than once had her at the top of the voting charts. Now at age 17, she is being courted by major record labels who have been captivated by her recent original pop/indie compositions, which feature her angelic voice and soul. Now, she's ready to show off her NASCAR skills and grab the Fantasy Live title in 2014!
- Sports & Recreation
- Arts & Entertainment
- Alyssa Milano
- Johny Hendricks
- Dhani Jones
- Michael Rooker
- Kal Penn
- Tyler Clary
- Allen Covert