ROCKINGHAM — Mike Rowe gets around and the TV host, writer, actor, pitchman, spokesperson and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” this week wound up at Rockingham Dragway where he hooked up with drag racing legend Roy Hill for a segment on his latest show, CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”
Hill, the former IHRA Pro Stock champion and proprietor of Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School, taught Rowe the ins and outs of driving the straight-line quarter mile in one of the school’s Super Comp dragsters.
That instruction, coupled with the collateral interaction between the two larger-than-life personalities, was documented by a crew from Pilgrim Productions in North Hollywood, California for later telecast.
At the end of the day, Rowe’s best time down the Rockingham quarter mile was 8.49 seconds at 144 miles per hour.
“That was a good day; most fun I’ve had in a while,” Hill barked. “Mike’d make a great racer. He picked it up real quick.”
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