This is the first in a series of 12 Questions-style profiles of NASCAR fans. All of the people featured here are $25 or higher patrons on my Patreon page, which comes with this profile as a reward. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a patron, visit my Patreon page here.
1. How long have you been NASCAR fans?
2. How many races have you attended?
At least 50; we’ve never actually counted.
3. Who is your No. 1 favorite driver?
4. What made you a fan of Carl?
Over the years, he got to know us pretty well. He always took the time to stop and say hello to us, would always wave to us from the car during practice and, above all, he truly valued us as fans. He had been that way from the first day we met him.
5. Who is your most disliked driver?
Tony Stewart .
6. Why don’t you like Tony?
This is one example of many. Before qualifying in Vegas several years ago, there were seven people in our group sitting on pit wall watching the drivers walking to their cars. Some drivers would wave, some would smile or say hello, while others actually walked over for photos and or autographs.
Scott’s sister was a Stewart fan at the time, but when he walked by — alone, not more than 10 feet from us — his response to her calls of, “Hi Tony, good luck!” was a cold, expressionless, straight-ahead stare. We had been to several races and seen this lack of acknowledgment from him before, unless there were cameras around. Scott’s sister, at that point, was a fan no more.
7. What is your favorite track?
8. What is one thing you would change if you were in charge of NASCAR?
Our pet peeve is the accessibility of hot/cold passes. There isn’t a single, true NASCAR fan that wouldn’t want to be able to walk the garage. But unless you’re an owner, family, boyfriend, girlfriend, pet, celebrity, media (hi, Jeff) or any number of other things we’re not, we have no chance.
9. What is one thing you would keep the same if you were in charge of NASCAR?
The playoffs. It’s been pretty entertaining the past couple of years. Let’s see how this year goes with the changes to how a team can receive points.
10. How often do you yell at the TV during a race?
During the FOX portion of the season, every time D.W. opens his mouth. No joke.
11. Do you have any advice for other fans?
At Las Vegas, the Neon Garage is an absolute must. Also, one thing we do that really adds to our race weekend is we like to stand where the cars go onto the track from the garage during practice. Some tracks let you stand fairly close, so you really get the feeling of power these cars have. Again, Vegas is our favorite for this. I hope they never change that.
12. What else do you want the NASCAR world to know about you?
We don’t feel we’re very interesting, so we can’t think of anything.