Meet the NASCAR Fan Council Member of the Month for July 2021!
Current City: Richmond, Virginia
Member Since: 2017
GETTING TO KNOW MATTHEW:
Q. How did you first become interested in NASCAR?
“I became interested in NASCAR immediately when I started watching it when I was a month old in April of 2001. I have autism, so the repeating sound of the cars was so mesmerizing to me. I officially became a fan in 2005 when I was 4 years old as a fan of Tony Stewart. I told my mom that she was to be a Dale Jr. fan, and my dad was to be a Jimmie Johnson fan.”
Q. What is your favorite part about NASCAR?
“Due to my autism and other special needs, I just like the mesmerizing and repeating sound of the cars going around in an oval shape. I also enjoy the intense amount of fan access to the drivers and crews.”
Q: What is your favorite NASCAR memory?
“My favorite NASCAR memory was meeting my idol Tony Stewart for the first time at a local Home Depot. I can remember that I just had surgery on my legs, and they gave me a chair to sit in to wait for Tony. Instead of going to the table to sign autographs, he came right to me first, kneeled down at eye-level with me, and talked with me for a bit. He signed two items when he was supposed to sign one. The best part was I had my little Tony Stewart fire suit Halloween costume on, my Tony Stewart Home Depot hat, and my sunglasses on to look like Tony! It was an awesome experience!’
Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories?
Current Driver: “William Byron.”
Past Driver: “Tony Stewart.”
Up and Coming Driver: “Noah Gragson.”
Team: “Hendrick Motorsports.”
Track: “Richmond Raceway.”
Q. What do you like to do in your free time?
“Do my schoolwork with Liberty Online, participate in my Boy Scout Troop Committee (since I’m an Eagle Scout), and play sports with River City Buddy Ball, a sports league for people ages 5-30 with special needs like me.”
FROM ALL OF US AT NASCAR, WE THANK MATTHEW FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM IN 2021!
Look for Matthew on the Official NASCAR Fan Council page on NASCAR.COM.