Chase Johnson, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, says he knows what goes through the minds of some observers when they see him climbing into his stock car at Fairgrounds Speedway:
If the racing team of Mt. Juliet driver Joseph Meyer had a theme song, it probably would be a version of the mournful old Hee Haw melody:
Third-generation Wilson County racer Austin Brawley finished second in the final race last season at Fairgrounds Speedway, competing against a talent-laden field that included two-time Daytona 500 champion Sterling Marlin.
Young Wilson County racer William Hale is preparing for a new season, and expects to benefit from the coaching of NASCAR veteran Willie Allen.
Lebanon's Mark Noble, a second-generation race team owner, is preparing for a new season, fueled by some old-fashioned motivation:
Like lots of 10-year-old boys, Chase Johnson would like to get a hauler and race cars for Christmas.