15 minutes with … a NASCAR fan | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a NASCAR fan

Age: 33Place of birth: PaoniaOccupation: ServerWhat is the best thing about NASCAR racing? If you’re alive, the whole feel of it – the roar when you’re sitting there. The sound. The whole aura of it. And it’s respectable. (Unlike other professional sports where fighting seems to be acceptable.)What kind of driver are you? Fast and furious. Always looking around like, ‘Where’s the 5-0 at?’What do you drink while watching a race? It depends. If I’m not at work, margaritas or Smirnoff Ice.When did you move to Garfield County and why? Lived in the area since childhood, except for attending school in Arizona. Purchased a house in Rifle four years ago.

Favorite place in Garfield County? Hanging Lake.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? One of those big old country western motor homes so I could go to every race. For other people, I’d make sure my nieces and nephews could get college educations, and a comfortable retirement for my parents.First NASCAR race? The Daytona 500 that Dale Senior was killed in.Best NASCAR race? Anytime Dale Junior is in Talladega.What do you do in your spare time? I always chit-chat with everybody. Browse sports Web sites.

Greatest accomplishment? Being married to Jeff.Has NASCAR ever changed your life? Oh yeah, because now I’m psycho.Best piece of advice or a cliché to live by? Try to always help others.When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? My first thing was a veterinarian because I love animals … Even my animals are named Talladega, Daytona, the Motor and Junebug.If you only had three TV channels, which ones would you pick? Speed, ESPN and Fox or TNTAny tattoos? No, because I’m afraid Dale Junior is going to change his number.

What’s the greatest invention of all time? Electricity or running water.Favorite race track? Talladega for sure. It’s the steepest banking and the fastest track in the world. They call the infield the “Redneck Riviera.”Favorite song? Kenny Chesney’s “I go back.”Favorite Web site? http://www.nascar.comFavorite NASCAR driver? Dale Junior, hands down. The other day at Chile’s I was serving this guy and said, “Sir, before I serve you more free chips and salsa and another round, what number do I not want to hear in my presence?” He said eight. I punched him and said 48. (Eight is Dale Earnhardt Junior’s number and 48 is Jimmie Johnson’s number.)Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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