Governor Mike Easley Takes a Wild Ride

MAY 10, 2005 -- Governor Mike Easley wasn't injured.  However, his pride may be hurt after a wild ride in a stock car Tuesday.

To promote a Nascar celebration, Easley sped out of the executive mansion's driveway in Jimmie Johnson's number 48 Chevrolet race car.

He quickly lost control and spun off into a curb, narrowly missing another car and a pole.

With a little assistance Easley pulled the car off the curb and navigated the few blocks to the legislative building.

This was the same car he wrecked two years ago in another promotional event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord.