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Daugherty one of few African-American NASCAR owners

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by Keith Jarrett, Citizen-Times

Black Mountain native Brad Daugherty will become one of the few African-American owners of a NASCAR team in the sport’s top series.

Daugherty, 42, who lives in Fairview, said Tuesday afternoon that he has become a partner in JTG Racing that currently fields two Nationwide Tour cars, and that JTG/Daugherty Racing will have a Sprint Cup Series ride in 2009 with driver Marcus Ambrose.

He said he hopes to announce soon plans for another Nationwide team for the 2009 season with a young local driver.

That is expected to be Coleman Pressley, 19, an Asheville native and JTG Racing employee who drives in the NASCAR Whelen Series. Pressley is the son of former NASCAR driver Robert Pressley and grandson of legendary local driver Bob Pressley.

A Owen High graduate who played at North Carolina and in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Daugherty said he will continue in his role as a NASCAR race analyst with ESPN.

“I’m proud that I’m (one of ) the first African-American owners at this level,” Daugherty said.

“I co-founded NASCAR’s Diversity council about 15 years ago, and a lot of people have spent a lot of time to make this sport more inclusive.

“I hope this will open some doors for more minorities to become involved in this great sport.

“I love NASCAR and I’m ready to go racin’.”

Other NASCAR minority owners include NFL wide receiver Randy Moss, who recently bought into a Craftsman Truck Series team, and Sam Belnavis, who owns a small part of Roush Fenway Racing.


Written by Symphony

July 15, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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  1. Welcome to the world of racing. I had picked Marcus in my fantasy racing in both of the road course he ran this year in the NEXTEL. I think you’ve picked a good one for next year. Look for him to be in the fight.


    August 11, 2008 at 8:29 am

  2. Can I get an email of the remaining races he will run in the NEXTEL this year. Thanks Ross


    August 11, 2008 at 8:31 am

  3. Ya i was thinking about the same thing. I was also pondering putting some cash down on a nascar racing, it looks very interesting, nascar odds and stats and the nascar schedule could be used to determine who is good at certain nascar tracks, i came across and it sparked me interest.

    Nascar Racing

    October 14, 2008 at 1:13 am

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