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NASCAR Driver's Mixed Martial Arts Lesson

Author: Mark Francescutti
Date: April 11, 2013

What was Kevin Harvick thinking?

Harvick, the 38-year-old NASCAR veteran, asked to wrestle Dallas-area UFC star Johny Hendricks on Wednesday in Pantego.

The NASCAR driver stood in the middle of the Octagon against one of the scariest men on the planet.

“I wrestled in high school,” Harvick boasted (kind of).

“I won’t hurt you,” Hendricks said, smiling.

So the two went at it.

Harvick got his butt kicked.

“I hadn’t wrestled in 20 years,” Harvick said. “It’s fun to kind of mess around.”

It was all in good fun -- part of a planned mixed martial arts lesson from the No. 1 contender in the welterweight division to the NASCAR guy who wouldn’t mind seeing a little more fisticuffs in NASCAR.

“Jab! Jab! Move!” Hendricks snapped at Harvick during a boxing lesson.

Then they moved into the cage, where Hendricks demonstrated two choke holds.

One was a guillotine choke. Hendricks snapped Harvick’s head down to his waist, then wrapped his forearm under Harvick’s neck and squeezed.

When do you tap?  “Sometimes, I like to hold it until it goes dark,” Hendricks said.

“Is that normal?” Harvick exclaimed.

Hendricks lifted his arm. Harvick started to choke. Tap! Tap! Tap! Harvick submitted quickly.

Then Harvick performed the choke on Hendricks, who coughed at being almost suffocated.

All in good fun, right?

Hendricks had some tips should Harvick have a run-in with say, driver Kyle Busch. Hendricks suggested Harvick grab the other racer’s helmet to control him, then pummel him in the stomach.

“Stay calm,” Hendricks said. “Most fights, even the NASCAR fights, get broken up fairly quick.”

For pictures, video footage and the full story from The Dallas Morning News, click here.

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