Brad Daugherty, an African-American car owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, spoke strongly against the Confederate flag in an interview Tuesday afternoon on “Sirius Speedway” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
His comments came after NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. issued statements supporting South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s position to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds.
Asked his take on the Confederate flag, Daugherty, who co-owns JTG Daugherty Racing, told SiruisXM NASCAR Radio:
“I will tell you, being an African-American man going to the racetrack and seeing the Confederate flag – and I’m a different egg or a different bird, I’m a Southern kid, I’m a mountain kid, I hunt and fish, I love racing, but to walk into the racetrack and there’s only few that you walk into and see that Confederate flag – it does make my skin crawl. Even though I do my best to not acknowledge it or to pay any attention to it, it’s there and it bothers me because of what it represents.
“It’s so unfortunate that it took nine lives there at the AME church to really get this debate heated up enough that there’s serious questions about whether the flag should be flown over the state capitol. I find that a little bit of appalling and even absurd.
“If you’re at your own home or inside the four walls of your house, that’s your business and I really don’t care, but to have that flag flying over the state capitol as such and what it represents. I got a young guy that I know that I work with and we talk about this and he is one of the sons of the Confederacy, and we talk about this and go back and forth. The old heritage vs. hate thing, in my mind is ridiculous because that flag to any African-American person does not represents any type of heritage. It 100 percent represents hate.’’
William Byron dominated the Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with 7 wins, but came up short of the championship, finishing fifth.
He was one of the top drivers this season in the Xfinity Series and ultimately did what he fell short of the year before, capturing the championship and Rookie of the Year honors.
What’s ahead of Byron in 2018 when he is a rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving for Hendrick Motorsports? Could he make it two championships in a row?
On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, our team of analysts – Parker Kligerman, Steve Letarte, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty – gave their thoughts about Byron’s chances for immediate success in the Cup Series.
Check out the video above. You might be surprised by some of their answers.
The 2017 NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series seasons have only been over for a few days.
And while it’s understandable that on Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, analysts Steve Letarte, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty reflected back on the recently completed race seasons, they also took a very bold move:
The new season is still three months away, but our analyst team is ALREADY making predictions for 2018.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise or show their hands. If you want to hear how they’re already viewing 2018, click on the video above.
Even though Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now officially retired as a NASCAR Cup driver, the special bond between the former driver of the 88 will likely never go away.
Sure, Alex Bowman is replacing Junior in the 88, which will likely pick up some of Junior Nation to cheer for him. Others will gravitate to cheer for other drivers, perhaps youngsters William Byron, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and others.
But one thing is for certain: once a Dale Jr. fan and a member of Junior Nation, ALWAYS a Dale Jr. fan and a member of Junior Nation.
Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin on NBC’s top-rated “This Is Us,” is proud to call himself a card carrying member of Junior Nation. In the video above, Hartley shows what it’s like to be a Dale Jr. fan, what the third-generation driver meant to so many people for so many years, and how his legacy will continue on for decades to come.
Check out the video above to see what Junior Nation is all about, as well as thoughts from our NBC analysts, Kyle Petty, Steve Letarte and Dale Jarrett.