Two longtime friends from Clay County will be among those competing in CBS's upcoming season of "The Amazing Race."
They'll face off against ten other teams in a race around the world for a million dollars. The two men say they have a special motivation to win, since one of them just lost his job with Kentucky's Department of Agriculture.
"I'm just a laid back guy, like to lay on the couch, watch sports," Mark Jackson explained. Jackson has the opportunity of a lifetime. Along with his friend William "Bopper" Minton, he has a shot at a fortune on the upcoming 20th season of the CBS series, "The Amazing Race." "We're going to get a chance to win a million dollars. Two poor country boys that have never... We're from the other side of the tracks. I'll just put it that way," Jackson said.
Minton says he's competing to help pay medical expenses for his seven-year-old daughter who suffers from severe asthma and respiratory problems. Seen in a television interview, wearing the Agriculture Department's Kentucky Proud logo, Jackson says he could use the extra money ever since he lost his non-merit job as a special assistant with the department. "When Phil says go, he's turning loose two thoroughbreds is what he's turning loose," Minton said. "And I want to apologize to all the other teams right now for the actions that's going to be taken because we're not... by any means necessary..." Jackson added, "Listen to me, we have to win this million dollars. We have to."
The new season of "The Amazing Race" premieres February 19th on WKYT.