Q: So no one told you that girls didn’t race?
A: I guess I never got the memo. There are definitely a lot more females today than when I started.
Q: Are you treated differently because you are female?
A: That hasn't been a big problem for me recently but I have experienced that in the past. Honestly, you have to go out there and earn respect. I feel I have done that and have shown others that they have to race me the way they race everyone else.
Q: Were you the coolest chick at school?
A: Everyone knew that I raced and my friends supported me and all. But I don't think they really understood exactly what I did. Honestly, growing up, I kind of felt that I lived in two different worlds — one at the racetrack and one in small little Pike County.
Q: Does your racing freak your parents out?
A: They were a little nervous at first and I think that is normal for any parent. It definitely doesn't get to them as much as it did when I first started out. They are very supportive.
Q: When you aren’t racing, do you follow the speed limit?
A: I do pretty good. I haven't gotten any speeding tickets.
Q: What do you tell people who just don’t get racing?
A: Like any sport, you are not going to get it unless you try to get it. If you don't want to understand it, you are not going to understand it.
Q: Do you have a favorite racer?
A: Tony Stewart.
Q: What’s the Drive for Diversity program like?
A: Six drivers were selected after a competitive combine that includes track testing, fitness testing and media training. We start every day at 8 a.m. We work out an hour and a half to two hours in the gym. We go to the shop and help with the cars. We race about every other weekend.
Q: How do you like Charlotte?
A: It is definitely a lot different from growing up in a small town where everyone knows everybody. But it is great. Our shop is located behind the Charlotte Motor Speedway so I drive by there every morning. When I was young, I used to go there to race Bandolero and Legend cars. Never did I think I would be living here and doing what I'm doing. That's pretty cool.
Q: Do you hope to race professionally some day?
A: For sure I want to go as far as I can. Anybody in this program wants to make it to the top level. You never know how it is going to turn out. I just do my best and take the opportunities when they are given to me. I take it race by race, day by day.
For more information on the NASCAR program: hometracks.nascar.com/diversity