DCT Motorsports Not For Sale, Owner Says McGill -- 'We're in this for the long haul' SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- John McGill is flattered by the attention but wants to make it plain he and his co-owner, wife Nancy McGill, have long-term plans for...
DCT Motorsports Not For Sale, Owner Says McGill -- 'We're in this for the long haul'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- John McGill is flattered by the attention but wants to make it plain he and his co-owner, wife Nancy McGill, have long-term plans for DCT Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Rumors of the team's possible sale are untrue, he said, and have no basis.
"Being in the rumor mill in this sport is almost a badge of honor. NASCAR racing was pretty much built on rumors," McGill laughed, "but this one has no foundation at all. We haven't talked with anyone at any level about selling DCT Motorsports, and we don't have any interest whatsoever in selling DCT Motorsports."
As far as McGill is concerned, the team is moving in the right direction. In its first full year of operation, it has picked up momentum over the past several weeks and has begun making something of a charge in the points standings.
Driver Stanton Barrett, who has 1259 points, is 17th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, just 24 points out of the top 15 and just over 100 out of the top 13. In fact, if you take Barrett's points average over the past six races, he is running at a pace that would place him in the top 10 of the standings for the season. The team was first nationally noticed with Barrett's strong run on the road course at Mexico City, where he was at the front of the field most of the last part of the race before being tagged by a car behind him. His three top-19 finishes in the last six races have helped the team tremendously, giving them solid runs and lead-lap finishes, a string broken only when he was caught up in a large crash immediately in front of him at Talladega.
"We're working hard on sponsorship for the team and I want all of those companies we have talked with to know Nancy and I are here for the long haul," McGill said. "We've come up with some unique and cost-efficient ways for sponsorship to work for companies on a regional and national level, and we want to continue making headway in that direction."
The McGills are the only Cleveland, Ohio, residents to have owned a team full time in any of NASCAR's top three series. McGill has developed sponsorship packages that could incorporate the full remainder of the season or blocks of races. Utilizing his own business and marketing acumen, he brings creative and fresh approaches not just to team sponsorship itself but areas such as hospitality, cross-promotions and business-to-business possibilities.
Besides being one of the top younger drivers in the Busch Series, the 32-year-old Barrett is well known in other areas. An award-winning stunt man from Hollywood, Barrett has appeared in well over 100 movies -- including the soon-to-be-released Dukes Of Hazzard, Spiderman II and others -- as well as hundreds of television shows and commercials. Barrett, who is also running some NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events again this season, has been driving since he was 16 years old, and has competed on the highest levels of NASCAR racing. He is a native of Bishop, Calif.