Emily Maynard to be this season’s ‘The Bachelorette’

Nick Bromberg
January 19, 2012

Now you have another NASCAR-related reason to watch reality television.

Emily Maynard, the former fiancee of Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick's late son, will be the main contestant on ABC's new season of "The Bachelorette."

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Maynard won the "The Bachelor" last season, but her relationship with Brad Womack quickly fizzled. And to accommodate Maynard and her daughter Ricki -- named after Ricky -- the show will be taped in Charlotte.

Ricky Hendrick, along with nine others, perished in the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash in October 2004.

No word if this season will also include a contrived racing-themed episode. When Maynard was on "The Bachelor," the show filmed an episode at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ricky Hendrick's driving career ended after a crash at Las Vegas.

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