Meet the NASCAR Fan Council Member of the Month for June 2021!
Current City: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Member Since: 2019
GETTING TO KNOW MATT:
Q: How did you first become interested in NASCAR?
“I’m sure my father introduced me to NASCAR but I’ve loved it ever since I can remember! I remember at a very young age (7-8), my father taking us to Harvey’s Lake, PA to see Rusty Wallace’s show car. They fired it up that day and I remember standing there scared, excited, curious and all around just fired up! Never looked back!”
Q: What is your favorite part about NASCAR?
“I don’t think I could narrow it down to one thing I like most. The competition, the noises, the characters, the ingenuity, teamwork, excitement, accessibility, air guns, it’s all just great! For me, NASCAR brings my family together each week to share a meal and watch the race. That is probably my favorite thing about NASCAR.”
Q: What is your favorite NASCAR memory?
“I took my wife to her first NASCAR race at Pocono a few years back. Dale Jr won the race when Brad Keselowski got held up by Danica Patrick allowing Jr. to make a pass for the lead with just a few to go. The place went insane and my wife was just as excited as everyone else! She wasn’t a fan of anyone really at the point but we were sort of Junior Nation that day and it was a blast. She is pregnant with our first child right now, Gatlin James (this Fan Council Q&A was done before Gatlin was born in March). I’m hoping to make some new favorite memories with him by side like I have with my father!”
Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?
Current Driver: “Corey LaJoie.”
Past Driver: “Jeff Gordon.”
Up and Coming Driver: “Chase Briscoe.”
Track: “Martinsville Speedway.”
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
“I’m an outdoorsman so most of my free time is hunting and fishing related. I enjoy dirt track racing as well and have found a real love of Port Royal in Pennsylvania. This is about to shift I’m sure as we welcomed our first child Gatlin James!”
FROM ALL OF US AT NASCAR, WE THANK MATT FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM IN 2021!
Look for Matt on the Official NASCAR Fan Council page on NASCAR.COM.