The interviewee’s assertions in the brief audio excerpts come across as slightly confused, but this only plays further into the murky story line.
After claiming that country music associates Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard helped fund his Music City Racing team, ‘Wright’ admits some bills went unpaid due to a reneging sponsor, but at the same time he disputes owing money.
The mystery racer also claims he simply wasn’t billed for some aspects of his budget, and that the myth has just grown over time.
“If you could find someone that says I owe them $30,000, you tell ’em I’ll face ’em.” he says. “I wanna see who they are, and I wanna know how it come about. And if that makes them stutter, you’ll know what I’m talking about.”
The relatively short interview unfortunately doesn’t manage to establish much in relation to the missing money and where Wright has been all these years, but does apparently fill in some background, claiming that his car’s number was in tribute to Wendell Scott, the first black person to win a NASCAR Cup race.
“He was one that tried to race, but didn’t have the means or the money,” says Wright, before recalling the advice NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt gave him pre-event.
“He said now “Look ‘a here, you get out the back of someone who’s been here before, and follow ’em, stay with ’em and then make your move.’ I said ‘OK buddy, I do appreciate that,’ and he hit me on the arm as he walked off.”
Whether or not these are just the embellished details of conman imitating conman or are in fact detail to the true story, podcast host Rick Wilson appears confident he has the right person, asserting that, along with his interviewee appearing similar to his 40-year-old picture from the race, that the race suit Wright still owns is a “perfect match” with that shown in the one picture of him from that weekend in Talladega.
Wilson says more parts of the interview will be revealed at a later date – NASCAR fans will be on tenterhooks as they hope to find out more about the runaway race driver.