Pressley can stand on it and draw a laugh, too

March 31, 1993|By Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. It generally has been considered a given that Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Kenny Wallace will be among the star drivers when NASCAR Winston Cup racing rolls into the 21st century.

Many of the sport's knowledgeable insiders are saying Robert Pressley should be added to the list.

Pressley, a lanky mountaineer from Asheville, N.C., strengthened his resume last weekend when he won the Mark III Vans 200, outdueling Harry Gant at Darlington (S.C) Raceway. It was the second straight spring Pressley has beaten the savvy Winston Cup veteran at the track rated as NASCAR's toughest.

It's fair to conclude that a driver who can win at Darlington -- holding off Gant in a bumper-to-bumper battle in the process -- has the ability to win on any NASCAR track.

Pressley, 34, who competes Saturday in the Budweiser 250 at Bristol (Tenn.) Raceway, holds great promise for a car owner.

Also, Pressley's wit, along with driving ability, likely would attract a devoted following.

For example, after winning at Darlington, Pressley was asked which of two new hobbies he likes best, bowling or golf.

"Well," replied a drawling Pressley, "I don't lose near as many bowling balls as I do golf balls."

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