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 Michael Cherry


Michael Cherry drives the #87 Late Model Class car.  His home track is East Bay Raceway but he can also be found racing at Putnam County Speedway, Volusia Speedway Park and Charlotte County Speedway.  He lives in Valnco, FL.

Team members helping Michael are:  John LaValle, Gordon Brown, Mom, Dad, Ashlee - girlfriend, Carl, David Simpson.  Jimmy Cherry is the car owner.

Michael started racing in 2004 in the Street Stock Class at East Bay Raceway because of his need for speed and liked 4 wheels better than 2.  His first win was in 2005 in the Street Stock Class at East Bay Raceway.  Career highlights include giving away bikes to local children, first Feature win on Father's Day, flipping his car then coming back the next week and winning.  First African American to win at East Bay, first African American to join National Late Model Series.

The thrill of racing for Michael is racing side by side with his mentors, winning and being able to drive his car on the trailer.  His most exciting racing moment was winning his first win on Father's Day.  He's most proud of building the bridge between racing and diversity.

Michael's racing heroes are David Simpson and Dale Earnhardt.

Of racing, Michael says, "It's not as easy as it looks.  Get out before you get in!".

His favorite racing website is




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