Dale Earnhardt Jr. Visits Handy Manny

Jeanne Sager

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Handy Manny fans, start your engines. NASCAR favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. has lent his voice to a new DVD for fans of Disney's Spanish-speaking mechanic.

Any guess what the show's about?

Ding, ding, ding.

Earnhardt is Chase Davis, a legendary race car driver (shadows of his father perhaps) who shows up as Manny, voiced by Wilmer Valderrama, works to ready a car for the "Wood Valley 500" in Handy Manny's Big Race.

Between the all-out love of race cars that Disney engendered with Cars (which featured Earnhardt as well) and the fact that some 36% of NASCAR fans have kids under 18, it looks like this one will be a hit with a wide range of families.

But I've got to be honest -- I wasn't watching for Jr. (no offense meant, I'm married to a Southerner after all, and I've seen my fair share of NASCAR). I happen to have a hankering for Manny, the tools, and their trips to Kelly's.

Maybe it's the fact that the story line changes (if I hear "say map" one more time, Dora will be kicked to the moon)? Or it's a bit of my That 70's Show love shining through?

Either way, this is one Spanish dude who drives me loco.

Who will you be watching for? Junior or Manny?

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