In early 1993, my Dad was flipping through channels on our tv and stopped on the channel with a bad wreck at Talladega. It was the the last lap of the race. Rusty Wallace flipped. His car was destroyed. He gets out of the car fine. Dad and I were hooked. At the age of 4, I began cheering for cars that I thought were pretty, so Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow warriors were my team. Racing became something my dad and I watched together.
In 1997, my family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and started making trips down to the race shops in Charlotte. I got to meet a few drivers, like Richard Petty. We even went to a few of the previews in Winston Salem where I was up close to my favorite driver - Jeff Gordon and also Dale Earnhardt. My love for Jeff Gordon changed in 1999 to the rookie Tony Stewart. I just grew out of my love for the 24 rainbow car after I met him. Daytona 2001 changed my love for the sport once again. When Dale Earnhardt died I cried. I thought about stopping watching racing but I just couldn’t. Dale Jr became my favorite but I did not watch every race like I used to. In 2003, My dad took me to Darlington for the practice and qualifying. My first time at the track and man, did it bring me back to the fan I was when I was little. Since then I watch every race I can.
In 2004, I went to my first race, the Historic Martinsville. That race I saw Rusty Wallace compete hard with Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr for the win. I sat in a 1 hour red flag because the track was coming apart. During that time, I shot my first photos of Kasey Kahne. Seeing the man who got me hooked, win his final race, at my first race, was just perfect. Now I go to 8 races a year, head to toe in Kasey Kahne gear, except for Xfinity series where I'm either in Chase Elliott or Jeffrey Earnhardt gear.
I have many favorite drivers, and not all of them are on one team. But I’m the happiest when Kasey or Chase take the lead.