2020 Sept3 Septembermember Main

Member of the Month: September

Name: Joel
Current City: Waynesboro, Virginia
Member Since: 2018

Getting to know Joel:

Q: How did you first become interested in NASCAR?
“My dad and I started watching races when I was 5 years old. I always enjoyed race cars as a young boy. Watching the race each weekend became a thing for my dad and I. Now, attending races is our thing.”

Q: What is your favorite part about NASCAR?
“It’s unique. It’s not like any other sport. Attending a race is a blast because of the atmosphere. Yes, the race is the main reason for going, but the midway, the fans, and the excitement are different. I love other sports and attending them as well, but they don’t come close to the feeling of being at a NASCAR race.”

Q: What is your favorite NASCAR memory?
“My dad and I have been attending races since 1998. There are so many great races that we have been to. My favorite memory is being at Martinsville for Jeff Gordon’s last win. I was a diehard Gordon fan from the start and that was a very special race to witness in person.”

Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?
Driver: “Chase Elliott”
Track: “Martinsville Speedway.”
OEM: “Chevy.”
Raceday Traditions: “The only real traditions we have are at the night race at Bristol. We go down Wednesday for the truck race and stay through Sunday. My aunt and uncle live just a few miles away from the track. We will all go set lawn chairs up at the local Lowe’s and watch the hauler parade on Thursday night. Always a fun time!”

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
“In my free time, I enjoy golfing. It’s a fun sport to challenge yourself with but also enjoy and relax with. I also like to collect sports memorabilia. I’m only 27, but I have a room full of sports items. About 70% of it is NASCAR items and about 50% of that is Jeff Gordon stuff.”

FROM ALL OF US AT NASCAR, WE THANK JOEL FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM IN 2020!

Look for Joel on the Official NASCAR Fan Council page on NASCAR.COM.