Los Angeles—It seems “Playboy” founder and hall of fame ladies man Hugh Hefner has found something to occupy his attention since being jilted by his fiancee Crystal Harris last month. Rumors are flying out of Los Angeles that “Playboy” will be teaming up with Richard Coal Extraction out of Richard, West Virginia to sponsor a NASCAR Sprint Cup car next year.
A source close to Hefner with intimate knowledge of his business dealings said the gentleman’s magazine is very close to closing a deal with the coal company.
“They’re like, days away from saying something,” the source said on the condition of anonymity. “It will be soooo cool. I’ve ridden in one of those NASCAR cars before, and it was really, really hot. I don’t remember the driver’s name, but he was pretty cute.”
The source said no talks have been finalized about who the driver might be, but plenty of names have been mentioned as possibilities.
“I’ve heard them talk about Ricky Bobby,” the source said. “Aaaaand, I think Richard Petty. Ooh! And I know they’ve mentioned Richard Dreyfuss and Rickie Fowler. And I want to say Richard Nixon. Is he a driver? I know that name from somewhere.”
Representatives for Richard Coal initially said they had no comment on the possible partnership. Oddly, though, they later issued a statement which read, in part, “We don’t have any comment at this time on any rumors whatsoever of any discussions with ‘Playboy’ or somebody from the ‘Playboy’ brand. And nobody, we mean nobody, can prove that anybody from Richard Coal was with Crystal Harris at the Hotel Monteleone in June. So stop asking.”
Calls to representatives for Harris were not immediately returned. Reporters for The Daily Quarterly are legally prohibited from coming within 500 feet of Harris, so the phone is our only option. She never gave TDQ her e-mail address.
Fred DiMaio contributed to this article