Brant James: Petty, Wendell Scott in spotlight
Saturday, Mar. 06, 2010
Brant James' posts from Atalanta Motor Speedway on Saturday:
Petty pondering bobsled spot?
Seven-time series champion Richard Petty sounds as if hed like to take Geoff Bodine up on his challenge to ride in one of his gold-medal-winning Bo-Dyn Bob Sled Project rides next January.
Bodine, whose outfit designed the sled a four-man American mens team used to win the programs first gold since 1948, yearly hosts drivers at his event in Lake Placid. Joey Logano, 19, tried this year.
Petty would be on the older side of the roster at 72.
I said I dont know, Petty said. If they put enough brakes on it, it might be all right.
"Of all the things I saw in the Winter Olympics, thats something I d like to do. I certainly dont want to jump off any of those deals with snow boards or skis and doing flips. I dont want to flip in that bobsled either, but it looks like a thrill.
Strap down the cowboy hat, King.
Track salutes Scott, 19611 start
Sybil Scott feels her late fathers legacy living through the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.
Thats more true than she knew, even as she visited Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday as part of a commemoration of Wendell Scotts first Sprint Cup Series start on March 4, 1961 at AMS. Scott, who died in 1991, became the only African-American to win a race at NASCARs highest level with a victory in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 1, 1963.
All the cars and trucks competing in Atlanta bore a patch celebrating Scott. In that first start, Scott finished third in a borrowed car to collect $50.
Scott legacy was palpable at AMS on Saturday. Among the DFD participants in attendance were was Michael Cherry, a 20-year-old in his third year in the program. A former child model and actor from Valrico, Fla., who had 19 top-10 finishes the past two years at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway and Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, Cherry has used Scotts No. 34 since meeting Wendell Scott Jr. before his first race in the program in 2008.
I asked him if I could run his fathers number and he said it would be an honor. So we put away my personal 45 and weve run it ever since, Cherry said.
You got to look at your past. Youve got to see whos opened doors for you.