His race has just begun

September 07
05:00 2017

Busta’s Person of the Week

By Busta Brown

17-year-old Matt Murphy IV has the resume of a well-accomplished adult.  He’s a racecar driver. Murphy began racing dragsters at the age of 6 under the tutelage of his grandfather, Clarence “Mr. C” Millner, a former winner in the modified 470 stock car division. Matt has raced various types of vehicles. Successfully, as a youth, he raced junior dragsters, go-karts and Bandoleros. 

Now, as a teenager, he races late models in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. He raced about three years in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) finishing 3rd in points, his second year in the series. Matt is currently testing the car for future and greater opportunities in the NASCAR arena. Although Matt loves racing, he ventures into other things like working on car motors, building houses and anything that requires him to use his hands.

He is CEO of Matt’s Enterprise, an inspirational speaker and inspires and motivates youth, 7-15 years of age, and parents by sharing his racing experience and story. He speaks in front of thousands at events such as the CIAA basketball tournament, National Black Theatre Festival and numerous schools, churches and other community related events. Founder of Project SHARE (Sacrificing Hands are Real Examples), Matt focuses on providing resources to create a desired lifestyle for homeless youth. He also volunteers for Goodwill Industries in their gardens that provide food for the on-campus restaurant in Charlotte. A book has been written and inspired by Matt’s story, which centers on a diverse group of peers with various lifestyles and focuses on building self-esteem and confidence. The book has been used as a resource for elementary schools in Charlotte.

Matt is in the graduating class of 2018 at Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School in Charlotte, and he’s planning for college to further his education in agriculture. Murphy is very passionate about providing healthy and organic food to the world. The high school senior was elected student of the month each school year since kindergarten through elementary school and is a recipient of the Generosity Award at school. 

To connect with Matt Murphy, contact LaShanda Millner at 704-458-8868. Book signings, short talk question and answer sessions and Matt Murphy Motorsports Tour (Winston-Salem) are available.

How does this awesome young man stay humble? Meet his family during my interview on the Winstonsalem Chronicle YouTube Channel. Click on the YouTube icon at or go straight to YouTube.

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