Tony Stewart, driver of the Number 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Chevy, have teamed up to resurrect one of the most popular movies amongst racecar fans, Smokey & the Bandit. However this time around, “Smoke IS the Bandit!”
Drawing from the inspiration of his favorite movie, Tony “Smoke” Stewart stars in a six-part web series that will recreate a selection of scenes from the movie.
If going by the first video the rest of the series is going to be well worth the wait. Firstly there’s the Bandit Trans Am accompanied by the Jerry Reed soundtrack, Smokeshow himself gussied up in the traditional cowboy hat and what we hope is a fake mustache and sideburns.
We can’t wait for the second video to find out what happens next.
The full release schedule includes:
March 11: Episode 2, “The Pickup”
March 13: Episode 3, “The Interview”
March 18: Episode 4, “The Sheriff”
March 20: Episode 5, “The Big Finish”
March 25: The complete series (a single-play, long-form feature that includes all six videos in succession, with additional commentary from Tony Stewart and the other series’ stars)
In case you need a recap the cast of Smoke is the Bandit with Mobil 1:
Tony Stewart (The Bandit): Tony Stewart is the primary driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team – Stewart-Haas Racing. The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion became the first driver/owner champion since 1992 when he won his third crown in 2011.
Darrell Waltrip (The Snowman): Darrell Waltrip is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. During his racing career, Waltrip won 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including 12 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Daytona 500 in 1989. “DW” currently serves as the lead analyst for NASCAR on FOX.
Ricky Craven (Big Enos): Ricky Craven is an ESPN broadcaster who appears on ESPN2’s NASCAR Now. Before his career in broadcasting, Craven was a NASCAR driver who won in five different series: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Winston West Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Hermie Sadler (Lil’ Enos): Hermie Sadler is a racecar driver and announcer. He currently is a race analyst on FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR Race Day. Sadler earned Rookie of the Year honors for the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1993.
Jeff Hammond (Buford T. Justice): Jeff Hammond is a commentator for NASCAR’s coverage on FOX Sports, as well as a partial owner of Red Horse Racing, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team based in Mooresville, N.C.
Nicole Briscoe (Frog): Nicole Briscoe is the host of NASCAR Countdown, the pre-race show that airs prior to all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race telecasts on ESPN networks. She is also a host and reporter for NASCAR Now on ESPN2, a daily NASCAR news and information show.