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A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon

posted by Chad Bonham

He might be barely into his mid-20s, but Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon has already found himself smack dab in the middle of NASCAR’s brightest spotlight. You could say Dillon was born to be a driver. His grandfather is legendary […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill

posted by Chad Bonham

The state of Oklahoma is known for its powerhouse football programs, legendary country music stars and rich Native American heritage. Notice the absence of “famous stock car drivers” from that list. Taylor Berryhill, barely into his 20’s, hopes to change […]

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A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Dave Rogers

posted by Chad Bonham

Since 1998, Dave Rogers has been fully immersed into the unique culture of Joe Gibbs Racing. From his start as race engineer for Tony Stewart’s #20 team to his current post as crew chief for Kyle Busch’s #18 team, Rogers […]

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A conversation with Interstate Batteries CEO Norm Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s been almost 40 years since Norm Miller hit rock bottom—not in the business world mind you, but in his personal life. That’s when he cried out to God and started a new journey of spiritual renewal that now transcends […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett

posted by Chad Bonham

In NASCAR’s rough and tumble era of the 1950s and 1960s, Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett stood out due to his understated personality and polite demeanor. Perhaps that’s why the media often referred to him as “Gentlemen Ned” and […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek

posted by Chad Bonham

Throughout the 1990s and much of the early 2000s, Joe Nemechek had a reputation for qualifying near the front that earned him the nickname “Front Row Joe.” Since debuting in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1990, he has won […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Reutimann

posted by Chad Bonham

Unless you’re an avid racing fan, you might not be able to randomly identify David Reutimann as a NASCAR veteran. On the surface, he comes off like an average guy from Florida’s central Gulf Coast. But behind whatever fire suit […]

A conversation with ESPN’s NASCAR broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Jerry Punch doesn’t just play a doctor on TV. He is one—not one of those PhD types who earns the title by writing a thesis on an educational discipline of some sort. […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Gilliland

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s perhaps no better example of a NASCAR driver’s unpredictable career path than Sprint Cup competitor David Gilliland. Since 2005, when he first made the leap from regional racing on the West […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With economic uncertainty and sponsor demands that find star drivers occupying more seat time, it’s getting tougher every year for young drivers to break through to any of NASCAR’s three top series–Sprint […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you’re ever looking for Blake Koch amongst a crowded group of his NASCAR peers, just look for the guy with the impossible-to-miss, brighter-than-bright smile. It’s a common sight in the garage […]

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne talks about his wild year

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was early October 2010 when I first met Trevor Bayne. He was already a rising star within the NASCAR ranks but a surprising move left him jobless leading up to the […]

Morgan Shepherd turns 70; NASCAR community chimes in with high praise

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is an interesting collection of drivers and teams. It’s a place for youngsters like Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Allgaier to gain invaluable experience on their way […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver and former Indy Car champion Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He won the Indianapolis 500 and two Indy Car championships. Then suddenly, Sam Hornish Jr., decided to follow the likes of Tony Stewart, Casey Mears and Juan Pablo Montoya into the very […]

A conversation with NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s no question, Bobby Labonte has earned his place as one of NASCAR’s modern day giants. He’s the only driver to have won both the Sprint Cup (in 2000, then sponsored by […]

A conversation with NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Don’t confuse Matt Kenseth’s mild-mannered demeanor for a lack of passion. The former Cup Series champion (2003) and Daytona 500 winner (2009) has a smoldering fire in the belly that has fueled […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not necessarily one of NASCAR’s household names, but Michael McDowell isn’t letting that keep him from pursuing his dream of becoming a mainstay within the sport. Although most well-known for his […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Casey Mears

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With an uncle like four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and a dad like Roger Mears who had successful runs in the open wheel and off-road circuits, most might assume that Casey […]

NASCAR legend Mark Martin talks about respect, composure and faith

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends Mark Martin is leaving full-time racing at the end of this year. He hasn’t said yet whether he’ll maintain a part-time schedule or perhaps make some occasional appearances in high profile events. […]

A conversation with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne

posted by Chad Bonham

In the blink of an eye, Trevor Bayne went from rising Nationwide star with no sponsorship to youngest Daytona 500 champion in NASCAR history. Since then, he’s dealt with an unidentified illness caused by an insect bite that forced him […]

David Ragan gets first career Sprint Cup victory at Coke Zero 400 in Daytona

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends It’s been a long four and half years for David Ragan. He took over for the legendary Mark Martin at Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car but despite several close calls (including […]

NASCAR driver David Ragan on his foundation of faith

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not your typical, brash young gun that NASCAR has become accustomed to of late, but that doesn’t mean David Ragan is devoid of passion for the sport or a desire to […]

Trevor Bayne still the same after Daytona victory

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Trevor Bayne It was just last October when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and […]

NASCAR legend and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip on racing ministry, Dale Earnhardt and the unique faith community within stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THROWBACK THURSDAY: Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip is not just one of NASCAR’s living legends. He’s a cultural icon. Over a 29-year career, the patriarchal figure won three Cup championships, 84 Cup races (including […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Stenhouse Jr., shines in Iowa, Berkman lays out the leather, and Brees puts his money where his mouth is

posted by Chad Bonham

Exciting weekend in sports with the Mavs and Heat taking 2-1 leads in their respective NBA Conference Finals, the NHL playoffs heating up, David Toms rebounding from his TPC playoff loss to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational and interleague play […]

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A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon
He might be barely ...

posted 4:11:00pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

A conversation with Liberty football coach and former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill
Turner Gill has seen just about everything in his days as a top-rated college quarterback and ...

posted 5:15:43pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr
It doesn’t matter if it’s the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series or the Sprint Cup Series. ...

posted 6:00:28pm Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill
[caption id="attachment_3470" align="alignleft" width="605"] Tanner Berryhill next to his #17 Nationwide Series car just before the start of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014. (Photo by Chad ...

posted 1:00:16pm Nov. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff
For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has ...

posted 4:30:24pm Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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