Trackside Talks – Pace Lap

The year was 2019. It was a perfect spring day in March when I found myself at my first ever NASCAR race in Phoenix, AZ alongside my boyfriend (now husband, Dillon). To be honest, my interest level to see the race wasn’t high. I had only signed up to go because of the road trip destinations we planned to hit on our trek from Denver, CO to our destination including Arches National Park, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. Little did I know that by the end of that day, I’d become an honest race fan.

Hi! My name is Clair Crow, and I’m so excited to continue growing my NASCAR knowledge while sharing what I learn with all of you. I’m certainly not what you would call a racing expert, not even close; however, my passion for the sport has only grown since the first race I attended. It definitely helps to have a guy who knows what he’s talking about teaching me all the things. My husband has been a NASCAR fan since he was a kid, and I reckon I owe him a big thanks for introducing me to his love of NASCAR.


A little about me: I grew up in south central Missouri and still think the Ozarks are the prettiest parts of the country. I attended college outside of Kansas City, MO where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in ministry and my master’s degree in counseling. I currently work as the outreach director at Multiply Church LKN and continue to maintain a small client load. I met my husband on Bumble (that’s right!) in 2018, a week before he moved to Denver, CO; and wouldn’t you know it, a year later I packed up and moved west to be with him. We were married in 2020 and not long after, he received a job offer that brought us to Race City USA. We couldn’t be happier! During our time here, we faced infertility (that’s a story for later) and were graciously chosen as recipients of the Bundle of Joy Fund, which brings me to my favorite part of our story – our son, Fuller Blake Crow! He is nearly nine months old and just attended his first NASCAR race on Mother’s Day where we saw Brad Keselowski take the checkered flag at the Good Year 400. It was a day to remember!

This column will include a little bit of NASCAR-related everything from chats with drivers, pit crew members and women in racing, to unpacking race day with the fans, exploring all the different NASCAR-adjacent careers and perspectives, and so much more!

If you haven’t fallen in love with NASCAR yet, go to a race with someone who knows the sport! It’s the best way to experience it. There’s just something about the sound of a race car at full song, the unbelievable speed those drivers go and the smell of burning rubber that leaves you hungry for more.

One last thing – I want to wish my husband a very happy first Father’s Day! Fuller and I are the luckiest two people in the world to have you leading our home in faith…and NASCAR. We love you!

Full throttle,



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