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interview: inside the actor’s studio with mario andretti

Yep, I got to meet THE Mario Andretti, which, if I do say so myself, is pretty freaking amazing. He’s a LEGEND. Think about it: When people make jokes about people who try to drive fast they say something like, “Who do you think you are, Mario Andretti???” But he actually IS Mario Andretti and I got to ask him the fun little Inside the Actor’s Studio questions. I’m so glad he humored me. It was truly an honor.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with casey mears

The following interview with Casey Mears, driver of the No. 13 Geico Toyota Camry, took place in the garage at Infineon Raceway. It was a surprise for both of us since I didn’t have a time scheduled with him and I just saw him standing there talking to a couple of guys and figured why not go for it. I interrupted (politely) and asked if I could interview him. He was a good sport and had some great answers. I sincerely appreciated the time he took to speak with me.

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a nascar wife interview with shana mayfield

I interviewed Shana Mayfield, the wife of suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, in 2008 and I’m finally posting it today. We talked for little over an hour which is the longest interview I’ve ever done (what’s below isn’t even the entire conversation). For a couple reasons, which I won’t bore you with, I didn’t get it transcribed until this year.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with trevor bayne

Trevor BayneI interviewed the reigning Daytona 500 champion, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year. It was a lot of fun and Trevor was super nice. As you’re reading the interview just imagine a lot of laughter throughout. He had a really great attitude in approaching all of the questions.

As I’m sure you’ve heard Trevor has been dealing with some medical issues and is working to get his symptoms diagnosed as soon as possible so that he can get back into a racecar this year. I really wish him all the best and hope that he can get back to the track as soon as possible.

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What is your favorite word? Epic

What is your least favorite word? The “G.D.”* word, when people are cussing and stuff. That’s terrible.

What turns you on? Here’s my favorite thing that ever happens: When we’re going out to wakeboard, we’re going to get a set on the lake, and you roll out and it’s, like, perfect weather but then the lake’s just glass. The wind’s down, you go out and the water is just glass. We call that, “butter,” because you don’t want to wakeboard on some choppy water.

What turns you off? Bad weather. When it’s cold & rainy that’s terrible. That’s my least favorite thing in the world. If it’s cold & snowing I’m good with it. Or if it’s raining when it’s warm I’m OK, but, like, cold rain is the worst thing in the world.

What sound or noise do you love? Car engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? Nails on a chalkboard is the worst.

What is your favorite curse word? I don’t have one. I don’t say them.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d like to be in action sports. A wakeboarder or snowboarder, something like that I’d like to try. I know I couldn’t be a gold medalist in the X Games or anything but that’s what I’d like to do.

What profession would you not like to do? I do not want to be the guy cleaning out the port-a-potties. No, thank you on that one.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Well, it does, and I want to hear him that say, “be proud.”


*Ed. note: By “G.D.” he meant, “God damn”


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with kenny wallace

Kenny WallaceThis is my new second favorite ITAS interview of all time, it came REALLY close to beating my top favorite which is the very first one I ever did with Tony Stewart. After Kenny Wallace answered the first question with the word “Fuck” we all laughed and he said, “That’s the truth! I can lie, I can lie!” I was all of course “No! The truth is better!” I knew we were in for a super special interview. Kenny is so funny but so honest, straightforward and genuine about everything he says and does.

He’s a man on a mission to win in the No. 09 American Ethanol Toyota Camry for RAB Racing with Brock Maggard in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and I sincerely hope it happens for him. Both he and his team owner Robby Benton, were great fun to talk to when I met them both at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year.

This was such a fun interview to do, I hope you enjoy it! :)


What is your favorite word? Fuck

What is your least favorite word? Negativity

What turns you on? Sex

What turns you off? Failure

What sound or noise do you love? “You’re clear,” that means I’m done jacking with that guy when I’m racing. When my spotter says, “You’re clear.”

What sound or noise do you hate? “Inside, inside, inside.” Multiple times. It means I’m getting freight-trained. It means I’m so slow everyone’s passing me.

What is your favorite curse word? See the first question.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would like for one year to be the bat boy for the St. Louis Cardinals. I would love to do that. I love my town of St. Louis and I thought, “How cool would it be?” I hear people change professions every once in a while, I’ve raced my whole life and I think there’s 162 games in a baseball season, whether it’s 162 games or all the home games, I would love to, for one time, be the bat boy for every damn game. I love baseball.

What profession would you not like to do? This is going to sound crazy. I would never want to be a crew chief again, because I was a crew chief. There’s no win. They’re in a no-win situation. It’s never good enough and it’s never enough.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with jeremy clements

Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements is my new sentimental favorite driver. Maybe it was because Jeremy and his crew chief, Ricky Pearson, were so hospitable to me when I interviewed him at Auto Club Speedway in March but I also think it was because he was just genuinely nice and humble.

He’s working on learning as much as he can every time he gets into his racecar and he’s already achieved one of his goals for the year which was to get locked into the top-30 in owners points (they’re currently 22nd) so that he and his team wouldn’t have to worry as much about qualifying each week. Jeremy sits 16th in driver points, but they’re still hoping to have enough funding so that they can run their No. 51 www.racedaysponsor.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the entire year, something he’s never done before.


What is your favorite word? Speed

What is your least favorite word? No

What turns you on? Beautiful, sexy women

What turns you off? Bad attitude and stuck up people.

What sound or noise do you love? A roaring engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? That silence before you hit the wall. The tires are screeching, there’s silence and then it’s “boom!” I hate that because you know it’s coming.

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck. I say that on the radio in the car a lot if things aren’t going right.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’ve never even thought of that, ya know? (Me: Really?) Yeah (Me: You’ve always wanted to be a racecar driver?) Yeah, since I was in elementary school when I raced go-karts. Another profession, I’d like to be a stunt car driver, something like that. That’d be cool.

What profession would you not like to do? There’s a lot of them. I don’t ever want to work at McDonald’s or fast food, waiting on people in restaurants. I think that’d suck.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come on in, buddy!

(Photo credit: Jeremy Clements Racing)


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with robert richardson jr.

Robert Richardson Jr.Out of all of the drivers that I’ve interviewed and asked about their goals for the year, Robert Richardson Jr. is the ONLY one that included a personal one. “Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay in shape,” said Robert. That’s admirable, and it makes me wonder what personal goals other drivers have for this year. I mean, think about it, as a woman I am CONSTANTLY turning the goals that I have for my personal life over and over in my head (it’s usually something like “Where the hell is he already!?!”). So I wonder what some of those drivers that “have it all” are working towards in their personal lives.

Anywhoo, back to Robert. He drives the No. 23 Wildlife Conservation Society Dodge for R3 Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I spoke with him at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year and he had some pretty interesting responses.
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What is your favorite word? I’m pretty religious so I’d probably have to say, “God.” I look up to Him quite a bit.

What is your least favorite word? Any cuss word really, especially if it’s being directed at me. I don’t know, anything negative really.

What turns you on? Well, as far as hobbies & stuff I like to hunt and fish and, obviously, I like to drive racecars. I guess you can say my girlfriend turns me on, I’ll give her a little credit.

What turns you off? Not succeeding and, like I said earlier, anything negative from anybody–whether they’re putting themselves down–I just don’t like to hear that stuff. I always try to keep everybody up beat and positive. I learned that from playing football, playing quarterback, you’re a leader and you just have to keep everybody pumped up when it’s time to go.

What sound or noise do you love? Racecars obviously. I like country music, any kind of music really. I listen to rap, rock & roll, things of that nature.

What sound or noise do you hate? Fingernails on a chalkboard

What is your favorite curse word? Favorite cuss word? I don’t know, I never really thought about that. I’ll swear on occasion. (Me: It could be something you say in place of a curse word) Uhm, “Shit.”

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I was an art major in college and photography was my focus, but I was also well-rounded in painting and drawing and things like that. So I might want to pursue that at a later date.

What profession would you not like to do? Probably a police officer or working for the government.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come on in!


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with aric almirola

Aric AlmirolaAric Almirola wants to win races and contend for the Championship this year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Aric pilots the No. 88 Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet for JR Motorsports and currently sits 6th in the points standings after Talladega. I did the following interview with Aric at Auto Club Speedway back in March.

Ya know, a lot of guys have said that nails on a chalkboard is the sound or noise that they hate but I was thinking about it–who has a chalkboard these days? I mean, really, when was the last time they heard that? I guess it’s just one of those things that you just know is a really annoying sound. Actually, now that I’ve written that I’m remembering times I had in elementary school when I accidentally scraped my fingers on a chalkboard and it’s creeping me out, not so much the sound but the feeling. Good thing kids these days only have to have to deal with dry erase boards.

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What is your favorite word? I say, “Really” a lot.

What is your least favorite word? No

What turns you on? Fast cars

What turns you off? People driving slow in the fast lane.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of an engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? Nails on a chalkboard.

What is your favorite curse word? I don’t curse very often, but I guess it’d probably have to be “Hell.” Or maybe “Damn.”

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I wouldn’t be very good at it because I’m only weigh 165 pounds, but I would love to play football. I think it’d be interesting to just play a couple downs, if I didn’t get killed. (Me: Any particular position you would want to play?) I think I’d like to play wide receiver but only if the ball is thrown to me. I don’t want to play wide receiver if I’m just running around or having to block for the running back. I’d want the ball thrown to me every down.

What profession would you not like to do? Hockey, for sure. I would not play hockey. All of those guys are missing teeth and they always fight. Hockey is not for me. I can’t even watch hockey. I understand it, I understand the concept, but for me watching it is even tough because you can’t see that little black puck it goes so fast.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Heaven does exist, in my mind, so that’s not even a question for me. If I’m waiting on God to say something hopefully it’s “Come in.”


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with michael annett

Michael AnnettWhat are Michael Annett’s goals for this year? “Definitely to be consistently running in the top-10 each weekend,” said Annett. “Hopefully those top-10 runs turn into top-5s and that gets us top-3, top-5 in points.”

I had the opportunity to interview Michael, driver of the No. 62 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota for Rusty Wallace Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month.


What is your favorite word? Tenacious

What is your least favorite word?
Soggy

What turns you on?
As far as?? (Me: Anything) I like anything with some chrome on it. A good looking truck or a good looking boat, or anything like that.

What turns you off? People with bad attitudes.

What sound or noise do you love? Sound of cars running at their highest performance. That second right before you hear the rev limiter go off. The sound right before that.

What sound or noise do you hate? Probably nails on a chalkboard or even fingernails on a paperback book, on paper, that bothers me too.

What is your favorite curse word? Probably “Fuck.” Pretty easy.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional bull riding.

What profession would you not like to do? I would hate to be an author. (Me: An author?) Yeah, I hate reading books, writing papers, anything. I hate that.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Hopefully, he says, “Welcome.” I hope so.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with jason leffler

Jason LefflerI was just thinking, if you had told me 5 years ago that I would be asking NASCAR drivers what turns them on right now, I would have told you you were nuts. But now it’s just my reality.
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I interviewed Jason Leffler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He drives the No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Jason is one cool dude and was the first person to answer “favorite curse word” with such a smooth delivery I actually had to complement him on it.

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What is your favorite word? Fast

What is your least favorite word? No

What turns you on? Besides hot girls? Race cars.

What turns you off? Slow race cars.

What sound or noise do you love? Sound of an engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? Alarm clock

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I want to be an actor.

What profession would you not like to do? I wouldn’t want to be the president.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Look at this beautiful race track, you can race for eternity here.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with j.j. yeley

JJ YeleyJ.J. Yeley has a great name doesn’t he? It’s one of those names that’s just fun to pronounce.
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I interviewed him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and totally dug his attitude towards making some noise in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series these days. J.J. drives the No. 46 Chevrolet for Whitney Motorsports and he had this to say when I asked him about his goals for this year: “My goal for the way things are right now are to help this small team that I’ve been driving for find a sponsor to where we can go out and prove to people that even though we’re a small group of guys that we can still get the job done. It’s a lot of fun being the underdog when you go to the race track because the expectations that people have for you are low, but to go out there and surprise people is a lot of fun.”

What is your favorite word? Sweet

What is your least favorite word? It’s usually when I hear my name, because it means I’m in trouble. Least favorite word? I don’t think I have a least favorite word. Oh, I know “Hot,” when people say, “Oh, that’s hot.”

What turns you on? Smiles. I like when people smile.

What turns you off?
Attitude

What sound or noise do you love? My daughter laughing.

What sound or noise do you hate? The alarm clock.

What is your favorite curse word? I’ve cut way back on that because I have a 6-year-old. But I would say it’s a four-letter word. (Me: But which one?) Let’s leave it as a four-letter word because sometimes it varies.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? If I was not a race car driver, based on my life, I would become a taxi driver. (Me: Really?) Sure, ‘cause it’s the closest thing to racing. You get to drive a car really fast, completely ignore everyone around you. (Me: This is true) Yea, I think it’d be fun.

What profession would you not like to do? I wouldn’t want to be a dentist.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I get to sit in the big chair.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with joey logano

Joey LoganoI didn’t realize exactly how tall Joey Logano is until I interviewed him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was right after his Sprint Cup Series qualifying run and I found myself standing next to him thinking, “Heey, he’s really tall!” You don’t get a lot of racecar drivers that are noticeably tall, tall. He’s 6’1″. Anyway, Joey was funny. Having just transcribed this and heard his responses again I realized he didn’t actually answer a couple of them. I think that’s a first.
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What is your favorite word? Wicked

What is your least favorite word? [laughs] I don’t have a PG rated answer for that one. (Me: Really? For your least favorite word?) What is your least favorite word? I don’t have one.

What turns you on? Racecars

What turns you off? Every answer I come up with is not a good answer. (Me: [Inaudible]) No, it’s just not a good answer for me to say. That’s a loaded question (Me: No, it’s not. Just think of it as something you don’t like) Lying. I don’t like lying.

What sound or noise do you love? A big ol’ motor.

What sound or noise do you hate? Knives against a plate, or chalkboard scratch, that kind of thing.

What is your favorite curse word? Depends on the moment. [laughs]

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I never really thought about trying anything else. Maybe hockey, I enjoy hockey a lot. Hockey’s cool.

What profession would you not like to do? I would not want to sit behind a desk all day, that’d be hard for me.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come on in!

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with steve wallace

Steve WallaceWhen I arrived at Steve Wallace’s hauler to interview him at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the day before his Nationwide Series race, I could tell he wasn’t having a very good day. He hadn’t said anything yet and he seemed like he’d rather not have to do an interview. As you’ll see in the interview below, the source of his annoyance reveals itself. At the end of the questioning I asked him what his goals are for this year and Steve said, “Definitely win some races, run good. We’re really plenty capable of it. We’ve just had a really shitty start to the year and haven’t had luck on our side. Our cars aren’t handling as good as they need to, so we’ve got a lot to fix.”

I will say, though, that as we went through the questions he seemed to relax and overall I dug his answers, especially what he’d like to hear God say when he gets to heaven.
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For the record at Las Vegas he ended up finishing 16th, which isn’t super terrible, and the following race at Bristol he finished 11th (Better!), then 27th at Auto Club Speedway (Uh oh). So it looks like they’re still got their work cut out for them.


What is your favorite word? Dude

What is your least favorite word? Y’all

What turns you on? In what way? (Me: In whatever way you think. Think of it as, like, what makes you happy) What makes me happy. When my car’s fast. Today it’s not. I’m not happy today. Or yesterday. (Me: But you can work on that, right?) Yeah.

What turns you off? People with chips on their shoulders.

What sound or noise do you love? Engines

What sound or noise do you hate? Loud screeching noises, like nails on a chalkboard. Anything that squeals.

What is your favorite curse word? The F-bomb.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional fisherman.

What profession would you not like to do? Aw shit, there’s a bunch of them. Anything that has to do with an office would not be good for me.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? That I’m a badass, that’s about it.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with justin allgaier

Justin AllgaierThis interview with Justin Allgaier took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the same weekend that he finished second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300, just behind his part-time Turner Motorsports teammate Mark Martin. It was a huge weekend for those guys.

What is your favorite word? Rollability. It’s a word that came from trying to figure out how to make the racecars go faster and it just kind of stuck. I don’t know if it’s a word or not.

What is your least favorite word? “Like” because I say it all the time and it drives me nuts and I try to keep myself from saying it.

What turns you on? My wife.

What turns you off?
Bad smells.

What sound or noise do you love? I actually like the sound of fire. The cracking and the popping of fire. I’ve always really liked that sound.

What sound or noise do you hate? Ambulances or emergency vehicles. The sirens, I can’t stand sirens.

What is your favorite curse word? I don’t really cuss, that kind of eliminates my favorite curse word. (Me: Do you have something you say in place of a curse word?) I say, “Eff” a lot. It’s kind of odd but that’s my curse word, I guess, if I have one.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? The graphic arts industry. I started out when I was younger doing my own decals on my racecars and I absolutely love it.

What profession would you not like to do? Anything to do with sewers or sewage. We were actually reading at thing today about how they’re going to turn sewage water into drinking water and that really bothers me. So that would definitely not be a profession I would want to be in.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Just to say that I did the right thing. I think that would be the most important.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with kasey kahne

Kasey KahneHere is my “impromptu” interview with Kasey Kahne that took place at Auto Club Speedway a couple weeks ago. When we got to his least favorite word Kasey said, “I don’t know, these are really tough. This is the hardest interview I’ve had in a long time.” We left that question, went through the rest and came back to it at the end. Also, of note, when he said “Nice” for his first answer he drew out the “ce” sound, so it sounded more like “Nighssss.”
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What is your favorite word? Nice

What is your least favorite word? Retard

What turns you on? Girls

What turns you off? Negative people.

What sound or noise do you love? Music

What sound or noise do you hate? Screaming. I hate screaming.

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d like to be a golfer. Actually, I’d like to be a bull rider.

What profession would you not like to do? I really wouldn’t want to be a garbage man.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Hi.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with jamie mcmurray

Jamie McMurrayI didn’t get to meet Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, and ask him these questions in person but he was super gracious to send over his answers via email. Good stuff.

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What is your favorite word? Winning

What is your least favorite word? Can’t

What turns you on? My wife

What turns you off? Germs

What sound or noise do you love? The quiet sound of my son’s breath when he falls asleep on my shoulder

What sound or noise do you hate? Fingers down the chalkboard

What is your favorite curse word? Try not to use them much

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional bass fisherman

What profession would you not like to do? Ice Road Trucker

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Well done my son!


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with jennifer jo cobb

Jennifer Jo CobbSo, I have to tell you guys something. Jennifer Jo Cobb is my new hero. I couldn’t respect this woman more. She has a passion for racing that is obvious and deep. I spoke with her at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, well before the brouhaha occurred at Bristol, and it was clear to me then that she wasn’t someone that was casual or wishy-washy about her racing career.

When I asked her about the goals she has set for herself in the NASCAR Nationwide Series she answered without hesitation. “Win Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year,” said Jennifer, “And improve my position each and every week to become a respectable competitor in this series.”

I really, really hope that she can be as successful as she wants to be in NASCAR. We need more strong women in NASCAR, not just behind the scenes and in support roles, but also on the track.


What is your favorite word? Fabulous (Me: Good answer!)

What is your least favorite word? Can’t

What turns you on? Going very, very fast

What turns you off? Going very, very slow

What sound or noise do you love? The engine of a race car

What sound or noise do you hate? The alarm clock

What is your favorite curse word? I say “Freaking” more than anything.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? CIA. Sometimes I think about what I do as a living and I’m like, “Does it matter? Is it making a difference? Or is it all just fun?” And so I think I would love to work this hard, as hard as we work, for a mission that really counts for something. It has a beginning, it has an end, it has a “mission accomplished.” (Me: I think that what you do is very inspiring to other female drivers) I’ve been thinking that lately, especially my story. I hope it provides hope for people. So maybe that gives what I do a little more meaning.

What profession would you not like to do? EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). I wouldn’t want to put my hands in someone else’s blood.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Oh, this is easy. I want to know where all the things I have lost have gone. But what would I want to hear him say? Job well done.

(photo credit: cobbracingteam.com


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with matt kenseth

Matt KensethMatt Kenseth. What can I say about Matt Kenseth? Well, he’s funny for one. He made fun of my name when I interviewed him in Las Vegas a couple months ago during Champion’s Week. He’s also the first driver I’ve interviewed to end up not answering all of the questions in the “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire. As you’ll see below at “What turns you off?” there’s an exchange that involves me, Matt and Jeff Burton, but there’s no actual answer. We came back to it, but he still didn’t have any answer. Which was curious to me because I would think it’d be harder to think of an answer for “What turns you on?” than the opposite of that.

Anyway, Matt was supernice and a very good sport. Definitely another good interview. :)

What is your favorite word? Lately I’ve been noticing everyone says “Like” all the time, and I caught myself doing it so I’ve been trying to get myself to stop doing it when everyone around me uses it like crazy.

What is your least favorite word? When somebody uses God’s name in vain.

What turns you on? My wife

What turns you off? Can’t answer that one. (Me: what turns you off?) These are tough questions, where are you going to write these at? You’re going to get me in a lot of trouble. I can’t answer that. [To Jeff Burton] How can you answer all these? Like ‘What turns you off?’ (Jeff Burton: Everything’s not sexual, Matt). [To Me] Ok, let’s keep going. (Me: You want to come back to it?) Yeah.

What sound or noise do you love? I like hearing race cars start up

What sound or noise do you hate? A couple people’s voices. Gosh, I’m not quick thinking on my feet today. Can I come back to that one too?

What is your favorite curse word? I don’t know, I try not to curse. I guess I don’t have a favorite.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Well it’s way to late in life to do it now, but if I was going to be something else I probably would have been interested in joining the Air Force, try to be a fighter pilot.

What profession would you not like to do? Well I’m pretty fortunate because it’s hard to call this a job, so I think anything other than this would be not as good.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome in!


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with kyle busch

Kyle Busch (photo credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)Kyle Busch drives the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. He married his longtime girlfriend Samantha Sarcinella on New Year’s Eve last year and the word from Kyle (via Twitter) is that their wedding will be featured on The Style Network in March of this year.

I interviewed Kyle during Champion’s Week in Las Vegas last year and some of his responses kinda surprised me, especially the profession other than his own that he’d like to attempt.


What is your favorite word? Well, I have a favorite saying, but not a word. “It doesn’t surprise me”

What is your least favorite word? Second

What turns you on? I mean, is that like, I gotta get context there. *laughter* (Me: Whatever you think) Hmm, racing. That’s easy.

What turns you off? People that aren’t true to themselves.

What sound or noise do you love? The roar of an engine

What sound or noise do you hate? The skid of tires

What is your favorite curse word? Uh, hold on. What’s that one? Oh, I can’t say that one. Uhm, “fudge.”

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Crew chief. Something still in racing.

What profession would you not like to do? A 9-to-5 corporate desk job.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I’d like for him to tell me that I did a great job while living his path for me.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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interview: inside the actor’s studio with kurt busch

Kurt BuschKurt Busch is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver for Penske Racing. 2010 was his last year in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, this year he takes on the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge (as you can see in the photo at left).

“I am honored to represent the Shell and Pennzoil brands in the NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2011,” said Busch. “I look forward to building on the success of our storied past at Penske Racing with our new sponsors at Shell and Pennzoil.”

This was by far the fastest interview I’ve ever transcribed, I didn’t realize he was so speedy about it until just now. I liked his answer for the last question, I don’t think anyone’s answered it that way ’til now.


What is your favorite word? “Let’s do it.”

What is your least favorite word? “I don’t want to.”

What turns you on? Family

What turns you off? The travel

What sound or noise do you love? Race cars

What sound or noise do you hate? My alarm clock

What is your favorite curse word? Oh, hell.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Baseball

What profession would you not like to do? Hockey

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I’m proud of you, son.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.