30+Dan

Who is your favorite driver?
Mark Martin, I would have loved to see him win the cup this year, maybe next year.

When did you start Sim racing?
Don't remember exactly, I got the first Nascar sim that Papy made and have had them all, except for the 2002 version. But I did not race online until the current version. I was on dialup and tried it a few times with no success. Then, DSL became available, and I started racing online. To be honest I was about to give it up when someone told me I needed to find a league to race in and get away from the pickup racing. In a search for a league, I ran up on 30plus. I thought I would give it a try. I filled out the join form,got a tryout, got lucky, and didn't wreck too many people. So, they let me stay.

What got you into Sim racing?
I'm still a kid at heart I guess- always loved to play computer games but they all get old soon. Sim racing is a never-ending learning experience; I don't think anyone knows it all yet, and I am a long way off.

Most memorable moment in Sim racing?
That's easy. My first Cup win at 30 plus.

Where are you from?
A small town in Northwest Florida called Cottondale. It's about 55 miles north of Panama City Florida.

How old are you?
I am 50 years old; I will be 51 in May 2005

What kind of wheel do you have?
I have a Logitech Red MOMO wheel with the act-lab performance pedals.

What is your favorite and least favorite track?
My favorite track would be Dover. My least favorite is California

If you have to pick a NASCAR driver you mirror in sim racing who would it be?
I would like to think Mark Martin. Although never the fastest, at the end of the race he has a shot at it. And the respect he gets from his fellow racers for his attitude on the track and off.

How much time do you spend Sim racing in a week?
Well I am not much on watching the television. So, to be honest, and I know this sounds bad, 10 to 12 hours a week. For a Cup race I practice for quite a while and work on the setup. I always try to run one 50% race against the AI, and sometimes if it doesn't go well, I'll do it again. It seems like I would be better with all that practice.

If you could meet anyone who would it be and why?
Louis Lamour, my favorite writer. I would just love to set down and talk to him.

What hobbies do you have outside Sim racing?
That's about it. I walk about all day long on the job; when I get home I just want to set down and relax at the computer.

What kind of PC do you have?
I built this one myself a couple years ago and made a couple of upgrades since then. Of course, it's time for some more now. It's an AMD 2400 on an ECS k7s5a motherboard and 512 RAM. I have a radeon 9800 non-pro video card 128 Meg.

Are you married or have family?
Yes I am married to a very understanding lady and have a son, who is 19 years old, in his second year of college.

What do you enjoy most about racing here at 30plus?
I would have to say the people and how they have helped me. I remember when I first started DP, painting my first John Deere rides. Thumbs and Mick ran laps and let me watch the replays so I could get better. And all of you guys for not chewing me out when I bounced off the wall trying to let you by and ending your night early. Heck, I know Frost had to have bit his tongue half off one night at a truck race when I ended his night early. He never let me know that it bothered him at all. DaneCo pushing me to my first IROC win. Heck I could go on all night. I think you all know what I mean.