Monday, October 29, 2012
Living Legends of Auto Racing
by Dargan Watts
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Living Legends of Auto Racing is honored to have one of the most famous pit crewman in all of auto racing as the Master of Ceremonies for its 21st annual Awards Banquet to be held on February 20, 2013 at The Shores Resort and Spa, located on the oceanfront in Daytona Beach Shores.
Danny "Chocolate" Myers was the backbone of Richard Childress Racing for 20 years and served as gas man on race days. He served on the pit crew that seviced the cars driven by the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.and visited Victory Lane 84 times and chalked up seven championships in NASCAR's Cup division. The highlight of his career with his good buddy and team owner, Childress, was winning the Daytona 500 in 1998.
Myers is a native of Winston Salem, N. C. and is the oldest son of the late Bobby Myers, who was one of the pioneer drivers in racing and was killed in 1957 while driving a car owned by Lee Petty during the Southern 500.
Every year, NASCAR bestows the pretigious Myers Brothers Award to the person, corporation or entity that has made the most positive impact on the sport of auto racing during the year. The award was named for brothers Bobby and Billy Myers, who were both pioneers and champions in the sport.
Chocolate is married to the former Caron Pappas, a television/radio broadcaster. Caron has worked as a NASCAR reporter and as a reporter for Fox affiliate WGHP television in High Point, N.C. and prior to that was a talent on Insire NASCAR with Ned Jarrett and also RaceDay with Pat Patterson. She was also a reporter for WFDD, the triad's NPR news and arts station.
The couple has a 23-year-old daughter, Alexi Nichole Pappas Myers. The family lives in a log home on High Rock Lake in Southmont, N.C.
Myers remains with RCR as the curator of the RCR Museum in Wecome, N.C. and he is also the host of a radio show on SiriusXM satellite radio NASCAR 90 called "Tradin' Paint" four days a week from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.. He makes it known that he and Caron are in this venture together. He has worked as a color commentator for ESPN2, appeared in countless televiosion commercials and acted in movies, including "Smokey and the Bandit". He has appeared on several episodes of QVC.
As a crew member, he is in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Legends of NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2006. He and Caron are featured in a chapter of Peter Golenback's book "The Last Lap". Myers is also on the Racers Speaking Circuit. In his spare time, Myers enjoys relaxing on his pontoon boat, surrounded by family and his dog, Diesel.
Tickets for the Awards Banquet are still availabel and for information, one can call Joan Maxwell at 386-255-7428.
On Friday, February 24, LLOAR Vice-President, Bo Coolidge is hosting Living Legends of Auto Racing History bus tour that will take riders to all the points of interest in racing in the Daytona area. For info, contact Coolidge at 386-956-3465.