People always ask me why I like NASCAR.
I always respond, “I don't like NASCAR. I LOVE NASCAR.”
One of the main reasons I love the sport is the accessibility it gives to its fans.
Can you imagine standing on home plate of Chase Field or in the end zone of Giants Stadium?
Unless you're a player or a millionaire (or at a concert, but that's a whole other story), it's not gonna happen.
So when I got into NASCAR and discovered how easy it was to connect to the places and people involved, it was just another reason to fall in love with it.
From autograph sessions at haulers to $10 garage passes to watch the cars get put together, fans can get close—sometimes maybe too close—to their favorite drivers.
I haven't been to many races, but I have had the privilege of having garage passes and encounters outside of the garage with NASCAR drivers, team owners, and personalities.
Here are a few of my favorite encounters, either my own or ones I observed.