NASCAR names Erik Moses first Black Track President in History

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Moses: “Any time that you have the distinction of being the first at anything professionally, it is a humbling kind of honor. That said, I’m not naive enough to believe that I’m the first person of color qualified enough to run a NASCAR track."
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Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.

Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports and hosted NASCAR and IndyCar events until 2011.

Dover announced the hire before Saturday’s Cup race at the Monster Mile.

“Our partnership with NASCAR is for them to put on the race and bring the circus to town,” Moses said. “Our job is to make certain that the big top is ready. Make certain that everybody in and around middle Tennessee and the rest of that area understands we’re going to have a Cup Series race and they can look forward to the type of experience that NASCAR fans expect and deserve.”

Moses said he was welcomed to the industry this week by NASCAR President Steve Phelps and takes control in a year where the series has been swept up in the reckoning of the nation’s racial issues.

“Any time that you have the distinction of being the first at anything professionally, it is a humbling kind of honor,” Moses told The Associated Press. “That said, I’m not naive enough to believe that I’m the first person of color qualified enough to run a NASCAR track. I am thankful (to Dover) for their confidence in my experience and ability to lead that effort. I’m also thankful to the folks at NASCAR for their confidence in me, as well. I’m going to focus on the job. I got hired to do a job, not because of what color I am.”

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