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Member of the Month: December

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Name: Kathryn
Current City: Wyckoff, New Jersey
Member since: 2011

Getting to know Kathryn

Q. Why did you join the Official NASCAR Fan Council?

“I joined the Official NASCAR Fan Council so that I may have my voice and opinions heard by influential persons in the sport of NASCAR. I feel as though the surveys provided by the NASCAR Fan Council have just as much influence individually as collectively – just like voting in your local or national election, everyone counts! Though members may have differing opinions, each person’s feedback is valued and taken into consideration with each survey submitted to the Fan Council.”

Q. How did you first become interested in NASCAR?

“I first became interested in NASCAR after a visit to Talladega Superspeedway in December 2008. After supporting my college football team, Rutgers, at the Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, my family and I were driving along I-20 to the airport in Atlanta and saw the giant flags of Talladega beckoning. We decided to stop and take a tour and boy, am I glad we did! The speedway was massive, and very impressive! Plus, my visit to International Motorsports Hall of Fame was a great history lesson. Since then, I have tried to watch at least 1 Truck/XFINITY/Cup race every weekend, plus whatever qualifying and practices possible.”

Q. What makes NASCAR special for you?

“NASCAR is such a unique sport. Where else do you get to see an entire weekend of your favorite sport (with practices, qualifying, and races of all the series), interact with like-minded fans at the Midway, tailgate, watch driver intros, hear the roar of flyovers, chant “drivers start your engines,” and have races nearly every weekend, February through November of each year? I love how the series travels to tracks all across the country so that everyone in the country has a “home track.” NASCAR is also a bonding time for my family and I – we try to visit tracks for tours whenever we are in the area when traveling.”

Q: Do you have any favorite NASCAR memories or traditions?

“My favorite NASCAR memories involve 2 race weekends when I won cold passes from a NASCAR sponsor (thank you, Hunt Brothers Pizza!) for my father and I. One was Father’s Day weekend at Michigan International Speedway and the other was for a spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway. The fact that we were so close to the drivers, haulers, garages was incredible! I was able to get many driver autographs. We were able to watch the Nationwide races from pit road, then celebrate alongside the drivers in Victory Lane. Joey Logano (my favorite driver) was the winner at the Dover XFINITY Race. While doing the Hat Dance, one of his crew members threw his hat over the fence after taking the needed picture and I caught it! The next day, Joey had an appearance at his hauler and I got him to sign the hat.”

Q: If you could go to any NASCAR race/track, where would you go?

“I would go back to Talladega Superspeedway. However, one of my goals is to visit every track on the premier circuit (I have been to 12 tracks so far).”

Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?

Driver: “Joey Logano.”
Track: “Talladega Superspeedway”
Memorabilia: “Various items of clothing and hero cards I have accumulated, all signed by Joey Logano. A piece of race used sheet metal signed by Brad Keselowski.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

“In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends, walk outside, cook, try new restaurants and foods, catch up on TV shows I missed during the week, listen to country music, read, and travel.

Q: Where is your dream car?

“A used NASCAR race car.”

Q: What would be your dream vacation?

“I want to set foot in all 50 states.”

From all of us at NASCAR, we thank Kathryn for her continued support and look forward to hearing from her in 2017.