BY DAN GUTTENPLAN
Greg Lee, 62, is a longtime member of the Official NASCAR Members Club. Through his affiliation with the club, he has forged a friendship with former NASCAR Cup Series racer Carl Edwards. Lee recently joined ROAR for a Q&A.
“I’m 62, and I remember going to the Atlanta 500 with my father and grandfather. That’s when Cale Yarborough and Richard Petty were racing. I didn’t follow it very closely. Here and there, I’d watch on Sunday. About 2008, I started watching again.”
“Well, back then, you were either a Ford person or a Chevy person. I was a Ford person. I got to be a Carl Edwards fan.”
“I went to Talladega one year and camped on the infield. I had Ford Excursion decals made. One afternoon, Carl and his wife came by in a golf cart. He had been playing tennis and stopped to say hello. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, my favorite driver just stopped and talked to me.’”
“I live in North Georgia, so I started going to Talladega twice a year, Bristol twice, Charlotte, Atlanta. After the first time I met Carl, I went to the Charlotte Hall of Fame with my wife and grandson. I had a piece of metal for him to sign, and he actually remembered me from the last race.”
“When I joined, they did a lot of garage tours. I actually saw Carl a few more times. He’d recognize me and always was very friendly. He’d call me out and I’d bring my grandson over to say hi whenever they raced at Atlanta. He saw me once during driver introductions and motioned to come over with my grandson. He was always friendly and accommodating.
“I went to a championship race at Homestead when Carl was in the Championship 4. We had garage passes and got backstage with the Members Club. Carl was back there, and it was a very enjoyable experience for me. I speak nothing but praise for him.”