In The Holiday Season, NASCAR Folks Recognize Simple Joys – Part Two

For Kyle Busch, that the season is over and he can spend more time with his wife Samantha is his simple joy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we continue with the simple joys of those who make NASCAR races possible. Enjoy!

Brian Z. France, CEO and Chairman of NASCAR:

“That’s a really good question. Family; I have four children. Spending Thanksgiving with my family, that’s my simple joy.”

Richard Petty, The “King,” NASCAR Hall of Famer:

“Solitude. I just want people to leave me alone!” And then Mr. Petty flashed me his famous smile and swatted me on the tushy!

Brent Brush, Business Manager, Justin Lofton Racing:

“Sarcastic answers: The phone not ringing, Saturday morning, a one-way ticket, a beer on a Mexican beach, laughing when someone trips! Real answers: Success to all parties, an honest day’s work, winning a race, kind people, a day at the race track.”

Regan Smith, 2012 winner of the Ecoboost 300 Nationwide race in the No. 5 of JR Motorsports

“Snowboard, video games, animals and family.”

Andy Delay, creator and host of “Burning Rubber Radio:”

“Spending time with my son “Buster” (Robert), playing guitar, iRacing, and sitting on a bench watching my little eclectic town (Dunedin, FL).”

Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 11 NCWTS truck for Red Horse Racing:

“Under an umbrella on a beach drinking beer, doing nothing, watching TV – anything funny – and go to a bowl game for Notre Dame, maybe the Rose Bowl!”

Darrell Gwynn, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation:

Snowboards and video games are parts of driver Regan Smith’s simple joys.

“Feeling healthy with no pain and family.”

The Homestead Police Department – Andres Vergara, Gunnar Pedersen, Enrique Merblonado:

“Family, driving on a nice day by myself with nowhere to be, racquetball, movies, and cars.”

Darrell Wallace Jr., NASCAR K&N Pro Series and development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series:

“Photography at the races.”

Sergio Pena, NASCAR K&N East driver for Shigeaki Hattori:

“Basketball, outdoors, hunting, time at the cabin.”

Dakoda Armstrong, driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Racing truck:

“Watching football – the Colts – playing fantasy football and a week or time off with my family.”

Jack Baber, NASCAR official:

“Quiet Sunday at home with my wife reading the newspaper over breakfast and coffee.”

Johanna Long, driver of the No. 70 ML Motorsports car in the Nationwide Series:

“Spend time with my family and being at the track!”

Juan Carlos Blum, driver of the No. 41 Rick Ware Racing car in the Nationwide Series:

“Racing and playing golf.”

Rico Dominguez, intern, Media Relations:

“Motorcycle out on the road, wind bathing my skin, engine below me, going nowhere.”

Eddie Williams, marketing director, Homestead-Miami Speedway

“Escape schedule, deep introspective thought, on the beach, listen/be near the ocean, at one with my thoughts.”

Timmy Hill, driver for the No. 41 Rick Ware Racing car in the NNS

“Having a good time, best time racing, and iRacing!”

Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford:

“My two children.”

Paul Bergstrom, photographer:

“Red Bull in the morning, getting my photo on the front page of the sports section of a major U.S. city newspaper, and missing a class and not getting called out for it.”

Greg Minnick, premium services manager:

“Seeing my four-year-old daughter via Face2Face on my iPhone. Helping others for those who help themselves.”

Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 33 car in Nationwide Series and the No. 2 RCR truck:

“Watching your two-year-old do something new and peace and quiet!”

Chris Madigan, director of motorsports PR:

“Laughing. And that quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it.’”

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing:

“That this year is over! Yeah, that’s it. I guess I look forward to being back home with my wife unpacking boxes.”

Chris Buescher, 2012 ARCA Champion:

“Racing, bury my F250 in the mud, and motocross.”

Coach Wayne Deloriea, pit crew coach:


Chris Winchell, tire changer for the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports team:


George Winchell, Chris’ dad:


Getty Cavitt, jackman for the No. 55 MWR car:

“Family, my two lovely little girls.”

Jason Jones, mechanic for the No. 55 MWR car:

“My wife and our 18-month-old little boy. Vacationing at home.”


Leonard Wood of the legendary Wood Brothers and 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee:

“Family life and gatherings, racing, building engines that perform beyond expectations.”

Jack Roush, team owner Roush-Fenway Racing for No. 6, 16, 17, and 99 cars in the NSCS

“Sleeping, aviation, and helping young people realize their dreams like I did when I was young.”

Scott Wood, gasman for the No. 11 JGR car:

“Mountain biking.”

Andrew Nabb, second race simulation engineer for the No. 2 Penske Racing team:

“I love cars. I am working on a 442 fix up. I race go-karts. I enjoy power boating. I am a private pilot and have an ER Coup.”

Justin Reissmann, gasman for the No. 16 RFR team:

“Xbox, working out and time with family.”

David Green, 1994 Nationwide Series champion:

“Ten years ago I would have said, ‘Racing, racing, racing!’ Now I’ll tell you family.”

Stevie Reeves, spotter for the No. 27 RCR car:

“Family and scuba diving!”

Grant Hutchens, engineer for the No. 27 RCR car:

“Family and racing.”

Collin Pasi, tire carrier for the No. 17 RFR car:

“Friends and lake life.”

Brad Pickens, gasman for the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports car:

“Spending time with my three kids and my wife.”

Travis Gordon, back-up gasman for the No. 24 HMS car:

“Beach. Dogs.”

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR journalist for Sporting News:

“Sitting on the coach watching television – politics.”

Jeff Fender, jackman for the No. 18 JGR car:

“Week off, time with family and friends and good food!”

Rob Lohr, fire department/pit road supervisor from Daytona International Speedway:

“Riding my Harley and fishing.”

Roy Wilkie, fire department/driver/operator of Scooter-1 from Daytona:

“Traveling in a motorhome and going in a hot air balloon.”

Ed Watkins, gasman for the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing car:

“Time with my kids, my daughter who is three and my son who is two.”

Greg Engle, NASCAR media, Fox News/

“My simple joys come from knowing my friends and family are happy and my greatest joy comes from seeing a soldier return home safely and into the arms of those they love…”

Dale Inman, NASCAR Hall of Famer:

“Watching football, time with my family, and getting ready for Daytona!”

Claire B. Lang, NASCAR media, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

“Appreciating the time I spend with my family.”

NASCAR once again proves that family is the heart of the sport.

Wishing you all a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving and Simple Joys all along the way!




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