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But these days, Daugherty seems far removed from basketball and is known for something else. Daugherty was at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet over the weekend to provide in-studio NASCAR analysis for ESPN on the STP 300 Nationwide race. A guy like Daugherty, who towers over everyone he meets, gets asked one question more than most: What’s a 7-foot former No. 1 NBA draft pick doing at the racetrack and what could he possibly know about motorsports?
Daugherty became a race team owner in 1988 when he was still playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and put together a Busch series team (in the days before it was the Nationwide series). In the team’s fourth race, Daugherty’s team won a race at Orange County Speedway. Then, Daugherty moved into the Camping World Truck Series and hired drivers Kenny Irwin Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Now, that team has morphed into JTG Daugherty Racing and they have a car in the Sprint Cup Series in Bobby Labonte’s No. 47 Toyota Camry. And he’s on NASCAR’s rules and competitions committee in addition to doing his television work. “I knew I needed to do (television analysis) for a lot of reasons,” Daugherty said. “If I didn’t accept the opportunity, being an African-American male, then there might not be an opportunity for someone else like me to do it.”