Ravishing Randy Rose Making Himself At Home In A New Ring -- Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thunder Ring
Wednesday, July 2, 2003
¿Ravishing¿ Randy Rose is used to being in the ring. But the Thunder Ring is all new to him.
A 14-year veteran of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Rose was one of the founding members of the Midnight Express, well-known wrestling duo. Now he¿s making a name for himself on the race track, competing each week in the Masters (over 40) division of Thursday Thunder, Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s 10-week racing series.
¿Right now I¿m just learning and watching,¿ Rose said. ¿I¿m just out there trying to stay out of trouble.¿
That¿s a far cry from his wrestling days, when Rose looked for trouble. As part of one of the ¿evil¿ duos, Rose spent much of his time growling and scowling and breaking chairs over competitors¿ heads. He used full-nelsons and half-nelsons and a bunch of other moves that may or may not have been legal.
In short, he put on a heck of a show each week for wrestling fans all over the world.
¿I was a bad guy back then, but I don¿t like to talk about it too much now because of the work I do with the Jerry Lewis telethon,¿ Rose said. ¿You have to be a good guy to do that kind of stuff.¿
And despite years playing the bad guy with the WCW, Rose really is a good guy at heart. As he works on his new Legends car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it¿s easy to see his smile, his laid-back attitude, his determination to get his car working faster and faster.
These days, Rose is a regular guy, the tough-guy wrestler persona all but gone.
¿Wrestling was a great career for me, but the best part of it always was the traveling,¿ Rose said. ¿I got to see the whole world. I was in Japan nine times, Australia, New Zealand, Korea. You got to see the world on their money.¿
Now retired from the glitz and glamour of professional racing, Rose lives in Forest Park and owns his own company, R & R Lifts, which sells car lifts. He lives a quiet life, his one big moment of fame these days coming when the public address announcer cries his name over the loudspeaker during starting lineups at Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thursday Thunder.
¿This is a fun sport, a lot of fun to get involved in and be around,¿ Rose said.
Watch Rose and the rest of the Thursday Thunder competitors as 11 Alive presents the Adesa Atlanta Red, White and Blue Fireworks Spectacular this Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and action begins immediately. Feature races begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude by 10:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow. Tickets can be purchased at Gate 13 on event nights, and adults are just $5, children 6-11 $1 and children 5 and under are free. For this Thursday only, fans will be charged $5 to park on speedway grounds, but their $5 parking voucher will be redeemable for adult ticket at the gate.