1. Who was your childhood NASCAR hero? Why?
Ernie Irvin. Not really for any particular reason other than I picked him as my favorite driver when I was a kid. I liked his driving style and I liked the way he came across in his interviews.
2. What makes you so passionate about NASCAR?
I love cars. I love to race. I’m a very competitive person. I grew up as a fan of NASCAR and I think our sport still has a very loyal fanbase.
3. Who’s responsible for introducing you to racing? How did it happen?
My dad introduced me to racing. When I was 16 he took me to a local short track for a Friday night race. I loved cars and pretty much anything with an engine so when I saw an opportunity to race, I was hooked.
4. What is your favorite childhood memory of NASCAR?
The most memorable NASCAR moment was when Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500. I was obviously not a child when that happed but that is the most vivid memory of NASCAR that I have as a fan of the sport.
5. What, in your mind, makes NASCAR such a unique sport?
It’s so unique because we all have cars. We all drive cars every day. I think that allows the fan to relate to it maybe more than other sports. Our fans are unique in how loyal they are to their favorite drivers and the sponsors of those drivers.
6. Favorite piece of advice another driver, past or present, has offered you?
Way back when I was late model racing another driver told me I had to slow down to go faster and that is something that still holds true today.