BEHIND THE WHEEL
Day-to-day life Outside the racecar, I currently work full time at the family business designing fire suppression systems for new, primarily residential construction in the booming Denver area. I act as project manager for each project I design, so I must be able to communicate among our installation teams and the building owners/general contractors. I have helped our family business become well-versed in the latest BIM 3D coordination design—it’s quite the experience to sit in a room full of each construction trade and virtually “walk” through a building under construction to see areas of potential design conflicts.
Evenings after work, I am typically in my race shop to keep up with my Super Late Model and Legend program. Between work and racing an average of 35 races per year, I am always on the go. To decompress, I enjoy racing carpet pan RC cars during the off season with my racing buddies. The only track in Colorado is over an hour away, so you could say we are dedicated and take our winter RC racing “hobby” pretty seriously.
Just this August my wife Katie and I were blessed with our first child named Tanner. At home after work or the raceshop, my time is mostly spent cuddling and giggling on the floor with Tanner.
Favorite NASCAR driver? “Martin Truex Jr.; Beyond his talent behind the wheel of a racecar, I have always admired his positive attitude both on and off the racetrack. Whether he is winning for the Denver based Furniture Row Racing team, or fallen prey to mechanical issues, he always delivers a positive interview and outlook on the situation.”
Favorite racecar you have driven? “Getting back into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has reminded me how fun that series and speed of racing is. There is nothing that compares to racing in the draft at 190 MPH!”
Favorite race track? “After racing Texas Motor speedway this past season, and after being fastest in overall practice, qualifying 4th in the first round of qualifying and racing inside the top 5 for a big portion of the race, I would have to say Texas is one of my new favorite race tracks!”
What do you see as your competitive advantage as a driver? “My racing work ethic, as well as my knowledge of how a racecar reacts to chassis changes as I have worked on my own racecars throughout my whole career. Also, the opportunities to work with so many well-known crew chiefs, and learning all their diverse approaches to setting up, as well as making changes to the racecar on race day.“
Hometown: Erie, Colorado
Years Racing: 25
Family: Wife Katie, Son Tanner, Parents Mike and Carrie
Hometrack: Colorado National Speedway
Education: Colorado State University (Bachelor’s degree-