Monday, May 26, 2008

Top Ten At the Motor Mile

This weekend was pretty good. I qualified 15th out of 33 cars. I would like to have done better but my guys were great. We had a meet and greet with the fans. I really like meet and know if it wasn't for my fans, I wouldn't be where I am today.

So I started 15th the race was really racy from the beginning and didn't change to much during the race. I got bumped a few times but I kept my #34 Impala SS under control. I finished 8th. I felt if we had just a few more laps we could of had a top 5. My car was really fast tonight. My team and Car was GREAT!!

You know I haven't made it to victory lane YET but I would like to thank a few people. First off my coach and car owner,Frank Deiny Jr. Thank you for everything you have thought me so far and for giving me such an awesome opportunity to represent our Motorsports Team. Also I would like to thank ALL of my team including the guys back at the shop. Not only are we a team. We are a family.

Next Aaron Smith my crew chief. You have made this transition into asphalt racing a little bit easier for me. And Floyd thank you for maintaining and keeping up on my car each week.

The Drive for Diversity Program - Thank you for giving me the chance to prove myself at the combine this year. I'm so glad NASCAR is involved with such a GREAT program. If it wasn't for the D4D program there would be more than there already is of undiscovered diverse talent in auto racing.

Last but definitely not least - Wendell Scott Jr. Thank you so very much for ALL that you have done for me. I know that your health is a little shaky and you still make it to some of my races. It really means a lot to me. Also having the chance to have met you and be apart of your life. You will always and forever be apart of mine.

A lot of people have asked me what it is like to be driving the #34 this year? And what I thought when Wendell Scott Jr asked me to run his Daddy's number.

First off I am honored. I love the paint scheme too. To me the paint scheme just adds to the number. I have always looked up to Wendell Scott. Even when I was racing BMX. At the time Wendell was racing he wasn't racing to prove a point. He had a passion for the sport, as I do now. When I am out on the track I don't want to be known as "the black guy out there" but as a clean, competitive, respectful race car driver. It just so happens I am black... Just as Wendell Scott. I sure hope I am making Sr and Jr proud.

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