When I tell people that I work two jobs, everyone always asks me why I do it. They ask me if I ever get tired having to work almost every weekend out in the sun or cold (depending on what time of the year we are racing). My answer to them is always, absolutely not! I work at the track because I love it! I work hard during the week in the advertising and marketing industry to be able to "play" at the race track on the weekends. And I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world!
I have been working at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race in 2003. I was given a great opportunity to work in the media center for Jeff Motley, helping wherever I was needed. It is fun to try and remember exactly what the old media center looked like...ah the memories! I worked in there for a couple of different events and have also worked as an usher supervisor, gate supervisor and other places in between. I don't think there is enough paper in the world for me to express my gratitude for all the knowledge I have gained since become a part-time employee so many years ago. As 2008 draws to an end soon, I can't wait to see what the future brings!
I moved to Las Vegas in November of 1999 from Texas to work for a local television station. I will never forget that day and would have never imaged that I would ever become interested in the sport of racing, let alone work at a race track. My first NASCAR experience was the race in the spring of 2000. My brother-in-law and a friend of ours sat in the Turn 3 bleachers and it rained so the race was shortened. It was fun!
My racing spark was ignited when I was asked to help a photographer at the news station covering the NASCAR weekend. As crazy as this may sound, the atmosphere in the garage is very contagious. The roar of the engines, the hustle and bustle of the teams running around doing what they have to do to help their team come out on top or at least have a great race, was incredible to watch. The more I watched, the more interested in the sport I became. I then continued to go to races taking my sister and brother-in-law any time I could. Needless to say, my entire family are all race fans now!
I have worked during almost every major event at LVMS, rom NASCAR to NHRA, to World of Outlaws to PSCA. Believe me, I am not a girl who sticks to one type of racing. As many of you may know, I typically can be found at the Bullring on Friday and Saturday nights. When I first started there, I worked in the Tech Barn checking drivers in. For the past four years though, I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend my time at the Bullring in the flag stand. I learned under the tutelage of Robert Thomas, who had been the starter for a while. You can ask him, it took me a little bit to get used to being up there, but now, there is no other place I would like to be. One way for me to describe a race night in the flag stand is chaotic! Ha Ha! This season will close out my second season as Chief Starter for the Bullring and the Dirt Track at LVMS.
This weekend I look forward to the Fall Classic, it is always a good show with great racing! Hope to see you out there...come join us for a night of family-friendly fun! Don't forget to come by and say hello...you'll know where to find me! See ya at the races!