How does one describe their first NASCAR experience? I’m not quite sure, but I’m about to take it for a test drive! Before last weekend, I had never been to a race and was given the opportunity to work our America’s Power display at Kentucky Speedway for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. I had no expectations and was eager to see what was in store for me.
Our display was awesome, housing a replica of our #7 car, driven by Regan Smith and fully interactive so those who stopped by could see firsthand all the great things we are up to. Throughout the day, we revved the engine for spectators and educated our visitors on clean coal technologies and the importance of keeping coal in our energy portfolio. It was heartwarming to have coal miners stop by the booth and thank us for helping to protect their jobs and their communities by standing up to the EPA and their overzealous regulations. Truly, these interactions made it all the more worthwhile to be standing on our feet all day getting the word out.
I have to tell you, however, it wasn’t all work no play and I was thrilled to take part in some behind the scenes activities that really opened my eyes as to what really goes into a race. I got to go into the garage and see our hauler for the #7 car, which is run by the JR Motorsports racing team. That’s where I met Regan! After the garage and hauler tour, we attended the driver’s meeting which was led by the head of Kentucky Speedway. That was probably the coolest thing, to see all these drivers—Chase Elliott, Dakoda Armstrong, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch— just being friendly with each other before the race. Since I played soccer growing up, I tried to compare this camaraderie to my experience and it was a lot easier once I saw them together. Teammates and rivals, these guys were here for one reason: to race, and to ultimately bring home a victory for their team.
While Regan didn’t win, we are happy that his JR Motorsports teammate, Kevin Harvick, won the race. I’m extremely grateful for the experience I had this weekend representing America’s Power and talking with the people who we are fighting for. It’s a weekend I won’t ever forget and can’t wait to do it again in Bristol! Maybe I’ll see you there!
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