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Former NFL star is ready to drive

Myron Guyton Myron Guyton

July 2, 2003

Atlanta- Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has made a succesful transition from the NFL to the owner of championship NASCAR team.

 Former Thomas County Central and New York Giant standout Myron Guyton is hoping to one day follow the same path as Joe Gibbs.

Guyton, who now lives in McDonough where he owns seven Burger King restaurants, has been racing in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends series for the last four years.

One of the few African-American drivers in the Atlanta legends series, Guyton's goal in racing is to get more African-American kids interested in the sport.

He says the biggest hurdle for minorities is money.

 That is why Guyton is ready to invest the profits from his succesful fast food restaurants in any youngster who genuinely has the desire to get behind the wheel of a race car.

 Myron Guyton said "The thing that I try to give them and the support for them would be the vehicles. All the avenues as far as financial, getting to the races, hotel and all of that we cover. All they have got to do is just take the time. If they can give me the time, then we can give them everything else and supply it with them so that they can participate."

Myron Guyton is driving in the Chargers division and has won two of the first three races he has participated in.

If Guyton wins one more race this summer, he will by rule move up to the semi-pro division.

The Legends series every Thursday night at the Atlanta Motor Speedway through August 7th.