Tonight’s D-backs Legends race had a celebrity feel to it, even more than is normally the case. For tonight’s races several members of the KTAR radio family donned the Legends suits to try their hand at racing.
Morning talk show hosts Ron Wolfley, Doug Franz, and Katy Hartley took on the persona of Randy Johnson, Matt Williams, and Luis Gonzalez respectively. This was the result of a lost on-air bet during March Madness.
With three rookies in the race this looked to be the perfect opportunity for Racing Gracie to finally win a race. The race started well enough with Racing Gracie keeping pace with Williams while Johnson was slightly behind. Gonzalez was obviously struggling and each step fell farther behind.
The Legends rounded home plate towards the finish line and Gracie seemed poised to catch Williams and win. Gracie was drafting like an Indianapolis 500 driver and it looked like a quick step to his right and a burst of speed would put him in victory lane.
Instead Williams stopped dead and drifted towards the stands trapping poor Gracie as he watched Johnson sprint by to take the win. Alas not even three rookie racers could give poor Gracie the win.
Maybe next time there are celebrity racers we can get the Diamondbacks to bring Olympic champion Usain Bolt from Jamaica to wear the Racing Gracie costume. Even then I’m afraid something would happen and Gracie would lose.