Meet the NASCAR Fan Council Member of the Month for May 2021
Current City: Jacksonville, Alabama
Member Since: 2018
Getting to KNOW Chace:
Q. How did you first become interested in NASCAR?
“I had never even heard the word NASCAR, let alone knew what NASCAR was until I was about 10 years old, and my dad just happened to be watching a race on tv. It was the race at Talladega when Jeff Gordon passed Dale Jr right before the caution came out and Gordon won under yellow, then fans pelted his car... I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and ever since then I have been hooked!”
Q. What is your favorite part about NASCAR?
“What’s not to like about NASCAR? The speed, the danger, the competition… it’s like no other sport on earth. The fact that 40 cars can race side by side going upwards of 200 miles per hour for hours at a time is mind boggling. Knowing one wrong move or one lapse in concentration can send you head on into the wall and ruining your day. Living in a world that is losing its mind, it’s nice having NASCAR as my weekly escape from reality.”
Q: What is your favorite NASCAR memory?
“In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway had a fan event where ticket holders could drive their personal vehicle around the track. So my family went to drive laps in my mom’s minivan. It was [during] the playoff Loudon race, it’s almost the finish of the race, and it’s our turn to drive out on track in our van. While we were driving a good 80 MPH in the minivan, my all-time favorite driver and hero, Mark Martin, wins the race. I remember screaming because I was so excited that my driver had won and I was actually on the race track myself. That was Mark Martin’s last win in his career, and it’s a day I’ll never forget.”
Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?
Current Driver: “Ryan Blaney.”
Past Driver: “Mark Martin.”
Up and Coming Driver: “John Hunter Nemechek.”
Track: “Talladega Superspeedway.”
Sponsor: “FedEx is my favorite NASCAR sponsor because they have stuck with Denny Hamlin his entire Cup career. That takes so much dedication to be fully invested in a sport and a driver for 15 years. It’s good to see that kind of longevity with a sponsor. Also, my dad is a manager at a FedEx office, and he has worked for them for 30+ years. Growing up, my dad would take us to Talladega and Bristol using his FedEx hospitality suites. That’s another reason why FedEx is my favorite!”
Q. What do you like to do in your free time?
“I pretty much work my life away, but in the little free time I do have, I spend it working out trying to stay healthy or at church. Watching racing isn’t something I just like to do, it’s something I HAVE to do.”
FROM ALL OF US AT NASCAR, WE THANK CHACE FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM IN 2021! Look for Chace on the Official NASCAR Fan Council page on NASCAR.COM.