Nickname : Never really had a real nickname - Used to be called
"BubbleGum" when we started racing karts (when I was about 9 or 10). We
had old open style helmets with clear visors and during every race I
would chew about 2-3 pieces of bubble gum. I was chomping on the gum so
hard the could actually see my jaws moving while I was racing. That
name stuck for a while.
date of birth: July 31, 1986
birthplace: Hometown is New Boston, TX.
family: Dad - Roger, Mom - Annette, Sister - Christy,
home track: Well for the racing we've been doing lately, I don't
really have a home track. My dad's go-kart track, 201 Go-Kart Speedway
in New Boston, would be where I guess I have spent most of my time over
the last few years. For any stock car racing, we usually have to travel
500-1000 miles away from home, and it's usually never the same track. I
hope one day soon my home track becomes Texas Motor Speedway - that's
the place I most want to be able to race at.
race team: Firstly my family. They are the ones that get me
there, and keep me on the track. Over the last couple of years we've
worked with Corrie Stott, the guys at J&D Chassis in the USST truck
series, and now most recently, the Cunningham Motorsports team with
Paul Andrews and crew.
How did you get started in racing?: My dad drove down the road
that we lived on one day and saw a go-kart track. A few weekends later,
he took my sister and me to go watch the races there. The next time we
went back, I basically told him that I didn't want to watch - I wanted
to drive. That was pretty much the start. No racing background or
anything - at 8 1/2, I just didn't like standing on the spectator side
of the track watching people having fun. I never could have dreamed it
would have turned into what it is today. He went and found a kart for
us to drive - and here we are 17 years later.
What division do you race in and what tracks do you race at?: The
ARCA Racing Series has become our main focus in racing. I just recently
was able to make my debut at The Salem Speedway in Indiana this Fall.
But we have raced in a ton of different vehicles - karts, IMCA limited
modifieds, Legends cars, United States Super Trucks, and even the
NASCAR K&N Pro Series. I've had the privilege of racing at some
pretty amazing places too in the larger vehicles: Lucas Oil Raceway,
Nashville Superspeedway, North Wilkesboro, The Milwaukee Mile, South
So next year you will be driving in the ARCA series. How did you
feel when this all got put togehter?: Excited, of course! We are still
sponsor hunting, but everything else is lined up - and that was a huge
step for us. Having a team like Cunningham Motorsports behind you that
has the know-how to really go racing competitively is crucial to
success. I'm not even sure it's sunk in how much potential the 2012
season holds for us.
So what is your goal for 2012 season?: Seat time and experience,
firstly. My goal is to really absorb all that I can from every lap I
get to take. The 2012 ARCA track list has a ton of great venues where
I'll be able to learn a lot. Also, finish every race I'm in. You can't
worry about top 10s, top 5s, or wins if you can't keep your head on
straight for the entire race. Good results will definitely come - with
this team I have no doubt.
Is there any race that sticks in your mind from the past, and
why?: Two, I think. The first would be racing the Super Truck at
Nashville Superspeedway. That was my first experience racing on a large
track like that - I learned a ton and it was a complete blast. Second
would definitely have to be the Salem ARCA event. I don't know of a
time when it felt so good to drive a race car. The car was awesome and
I really had to drive hard every lap. I learned so much from that one
When you are not racing what do you do for fun?: Computers and
video games, when I have time to spare. I always seem to have computer
components lying around the house from building one or taking one
apart. When I'm not racing, I watch it. Just about anything on the
Speed channel would keep my attention any night of the week. Just
something about fast cars that I'm addicted to - most of my video games
seem to be racing games. I just can't stay away from it!
Did you play any sports when you were growing up?: I did play
little league baseball for about 7 years, I think. I wouldn't say I was
very good at it though. I took better to piano lessons and music.
Is there anybody you would like to thank?: My family, for all the
effort, time, money, stress, and encouragement they have put into my
racing career. My racing doesn't exist without them. Also, Tonya
McCallister (McCallister Precision Marketing) and Kerry Scherer and the
whole Cunningham Motorsports team. A huge thank you to them for working
with me, believing in me, and giving me this chance to show that I can
race. If you had asked me three years ago if what I've gotten to do was
even possible, I wouldn't have believed it. All these people have made
it happen for me, and I couldn't be more grateful.