With the eighth season of The Bachelorette only days away, fans are getting excited to see what Emily Maynard thinks of her 25 suitors. While we’ve already tried to narrow down our top picks for the season, we still have yet to see these fellas in action. But, is there already a winner out of the bunch?
It’s definitely worth noting that amid all these hunky (and some not-so-hunky) gents that there is a professional race car driver in the pack. Why is this important? For those of you don’t know, Maynard found true love once before only to have it ripped away from her after her professional NASCAR driver fiance, Ricky Hendrick, was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 24, 2004. Emily was only 19 years old and didn’t even know she was pregnant at the time of his death.
It’s a tragic story that fans first learned about when Maynard competed on The Bachelor for Brad Womack’s heart. But even though Womack took Maynard on an emotional journey (they even visited the Las Vegas track, where Ricky used to race), it turned out that Womack wasn’t her prince charming.
Maybe now, Maynard will fall in love with 30-year-old race car driver, Arie. Do the other guys even stand a chance next to him given Maynard’s history?
The eighth season of The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 14 at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.