DARLINGTON — This could turn out to be quite the wedding.
Darlington Raceway announced on July 27 that it had reached an NIL agreement with junior quarterback Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina, becoming the first NASCAR-owned track to officially partner with a student-athlete.
Three University of Georgia football players have already partnered with Atlanta Motor Speedway for one-time promotions, but this deal will last for a year.
“Grayson McCall is one of college football’s finest quarterbacks, so we’re proud to partner with him as NASCAR’s first on-track NIL athlete,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said in a statement. . “Grayson has had a vibrant college career setting NCAA and school records and has lived his entire life in the Carolinas. His style of play exemplifies toughness and competitiveness, and he’s the perfect athlete to help promote Darlington’s Too Tough To Tame brand.
McCall, a native of Indian Trail, North Carolina, will promote Darlington’s Labor Day Race Weekend, which includes the Cook Out Southern 500, Sept. 3-4, as well as the slate Next year’s NASCAR at Darlington Raceway. McCall will also have an active presence on the track’s digital platforms and will be featured in some of the track’s marketing campaigns.
He will also promote NASCAR and Darlington on his own social media.
“I love this city and this region. Coastal Carolina kind of made me who I am,” McCall said in a statement. “I love this school and love the people here in the area and with Darlington being just down the street and a big part of the sporting culture, partnering with them just makes sense. It just helps fulfill a legacy that I want to leave here. Plus, driving a few hundred miles an hour is kind of my thing too.
A two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year (2020 and 2021), McCall recently earned Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Preseason First Team accolades. All-Sun Belt for the second straight season.
Named to both the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Maxwell Award preseason watch lists this season, the CCU quarterback was also previously named a 2022 preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and earned a spot on both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s 2022 pre-season. The first All-Sun Belt teams earlier this offseason.
Signal caller Chants set a new NCAA FBS Division I efficiency record by dropping the efficiency rating to 207.6 last season in 2021, eclipsing the previous two records set by Mac Jones from the ‘Alabama (203.1) in 2020 and LSU’s Joe Burrow (202.0) in 2019. He enters the 2022 season as an active career leader in all NCAA Division I FBS in terms of career pass efficiency at 196.09.
Winner of the 2021 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy, an award given to the best player in the state of South Carolina, McCall ranked in the top 25 overall in NCAA Division I FBS in 2021 in several offensive categories , including passing efficiency (207.6), yards per pass attempt (11.92), completion percentage (73.0), passing yards per completion (16.32), points responsible per game (17.6), passing touchdowns (27), passing yards per game (261.2), total offense per game (287.5), and points responsible for (194).
Having gone 20-2 over the past two years as CCU’s starting quarterback, McCall is also a two-time First-Team All-Sun Belt selection and a two-time Maxwell Award semi-finalist and the Davey O’Brien National Award. (2020 and 2021). He was also among the 10 finalists for the 2021 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award last season after being named a Manning Award finalist in 2020.