My Father and Aunt at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

A Father's Love

My father is a true NASCAR fan. He lives for the sport. Our house is decorated all over with NASCAR items. Everything from blankets, key chains, chocolate cars, Christmas tree decorations, lighters, toy cars, mini NASCAR drivers, beer holders, clothing, photos on our walls, coffee cups; you name it (and it's NASCAR) it's in this house.

My parents have been to races before and they love it so much; it's a happiness in them I just don't see anywhere else. They never miss a race on television and if it so happens they aren't home for any part of the race, you better bet it's on the radio. They have also moved a television into the garage so that when my father is working on his semi-truck for work he won't miss the race. On race day, our house is NASCAR central. Our garage, living room and any other room that happens to have a television is occupied by race fans. It's like a Christmas every Sunday. Not a single room is quite; there's constant cheering, encouragement, laughter, eating, joking and exchanging of events from past races.

Every member of my family has their favorite drivers. My father, Scott, is a Jeff Gordon man, as is my Uncle Dave. My mother, Lynn, is a huge fan of Kyle Busch. My brother, Brad, boyfriend, Austin and Uncle Randy all stay true to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Aunt Judy, she is absolutely in love with Jimmie Johnson. Myself, I'm a Tony Stewart fan. Every race day here is a constant battle of jokes, jabs and harsh comments toward the opposing fans. However, it's all in good fun.

If you're not too into NASCAR, believe me, spend a race day here and you'll soon know what NASCAR is all about. You'll hear all about the point standings, who's out, who's in, who's sponsoring who, who won last race, who has the most potential on each track due to previous races; basically anything about the sport you're not sure of ask my father, within five minutes you'll know the entire story. Oh, and if you don't know when, where or which race it is... Just pop by, we have schedules everywhere, we'll even give you one to take home so you know when to be here next.

Every year at the start of the racing season there is a huge party. This year my Aunt Judy hosted, there were checkered flag cups, banners, flags, table cloths, plates and so much more. Also, the entire home (inside and out) was covered with every person's favorite driver's items and colors.

To this family, NASCAR means a lot. It's entertainment, love, joy, happiness, togetherness, a place to build memories and a place to just have fun, be yourself and cheer on the sport we all love so much.

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