Of course, attempting to qualify for XXXtreme Motorsports isn't exactly the most prestigious of rides, but for Davis, it represents a very important step since the sudden passing of his father.
Harry Davis was Marc's car owner, and most importantly, was an outspoken advocate of diversity in racing.
After racing as a child-which was funded primarily by Harry-Marc got a development deal with Joe Gibbs Racing in one of NASCAR's first years of their Drive for Diversity program.
However, Marc's career with JGR wasn't spectacular, and it obviously didn't help that he came up at the same time as Joey Logano. Combine the expectations by association and a lack of sponsorship money and that equaled no ride at JGR after the 2008 season.
So Harry stepped up and with the help of some other teams and some sponsorship from a Howard University radio station, the Davises made a go of it for some races in 2009.
But sadly, it was an off the track incident-spurred by an on the track incident-that made real some horrible NASCAR stereotypes seem very real.
While pulling into the garage at Nashville, Davis collided with Brendan Gaughan, who was racing for lead at the time:
Gaughan's race chances were ruined, and his crew chief at the time, Bryan Berry, was suspended for using a racial slur when he went to confront Davis in the garage.
Even outside of the Nashville incident, Marc's season wasn't anything to smile about, as it reflected the realities that underfunded teams face. Davis qualified for four races, and had an average finish of just 27.8.
Marc's still only 19, so he potentially still has a long driving career ahead of him. Hopefully the next step starts at Las Vegas.
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