Brad Daugherty was a star center for the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped lead the team to the playoffs five times before the LeBron James era began for the franchise.
Four of those five playoff appearances ended in losses to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, including Jordan’s famous buzzer-beating shot over Craig Ehlo.
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On Sunday, Daugherty finally managed to stop Jordan, but he arrived at the race track.
Daugherty is part owner of the JTG Daugherty Racing Team, which drove the car Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove to Victory Lane Sunday night when he finished first in the Daytona 500. The five-time NBA All-Star became the first Black primary owner of a race team to win the Daytona 500.
Jordan, who co-owns 23XI Racing with Denny Hamlin, has yet to win «The Great American Race.»
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«I talked to him for a few minutes,» JTG Daugherty co-owner Jodi Geschickter said after Stenhouse’s win Sunday night, via the Charlotte Observer. «He said he and Michael Jordan are already talking trash.»
Geschickter also made history with the win. She became the second female owner to win a Daytona 500 after Teresa Earnhardt.
«It was more about the team and more about my partnership with my husband and doing this project with him,» she added. «He’s always been a great support to me, and we’re a great support system for each other.»
Daugherty has been a race owner since the late 1980s, with teams in the Late Model Series, Xfinity Series, and Truck Series before joining JTG Motorsports.
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JTG Daugherty debuted his first NASCAR Cup Series car at the 2008 Brickyard 400. He made his official debut in what is now known as the Xfinity Series in 1996.