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May member of the month

Member of the Month: May

Name: Mike
Current City: Des Moines, Iowa
Member Since: 2014

Getting to know Mike

Q. How did you first become interested in NASCAR?
“My earliest memories of NASCAR go back to the early 80s. When I was a little boy our weekends revolved around racing. On Friday or Saturday, my dad would take me to the local short tracks to watch sprint car and stock car races. On Sundays we’d come straight home from the morning church service to watch the big boys race. If we had chores to do, the radio would be on or a TV turned towards our work. The voices of Ken Squier, David Hobbs, and Ned Jarrett still bring me back to those days.”

What is your favorite part about NASCAR?
“My favorite part of NASCAR is the storied heritage and tight knit community of fans. I have traveled extensively for the last decade of my life. No matter where I have gone, I have been able to find another passionate fan to share stories with as we experience the race together (sometimes at very odd hours).”

Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?
Memorabilia: “I have a collection of door numbers. My most prized is the Dale Earnhardt Jr autographed National Guard door.”

Sponsor: “I like the excitement and youth the Monster Energy sponsorship has brought to the sport. My use of their product has certainly increased once they came on board. I definitely consider supporting all brands that are represented by the sport when making a purchasing decision.”

Race Day Snack: “It is tough to beat the pork burgers, courtesy of Iowa Pork Producers, served at Iowa Speedway.”

What are some of your hobbies?
“As a father of four, my hobbies are my kids. I coach my son’s Little League team, act as chauffeur for my daughter to volleyball and basketball, and attempt to help them with homework. Beyond family life, I spend 80 hours a year volunteering with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity. This includes the construction of homes as well as organizing events for large volunteering teams. I also enjoy small wood working projects, hunting whitetail deer, and I aspire to be a BBQ pit master.”