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About Me

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I'm currently in my first year at Moravian College, in Bethlehem PA. I am enrolled seeking a degree in Physics / Engineering, with a heavy emphasis on Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to school, racing and music seems to consume the rest of my time. In NASCAR I follow Brad Keselowski, along with his BKR team in the Camping World Truck Series. On the IndyCar side, Will Power is my favorite driver - but the other three Team Penske drivers remain a close second. 

I became a Keselowski fan in late 2007 when I was watching the Camping World 300 at Fontana. Unfortunately, Brad was involved in a really bad crash that resulted in him getting airlifted out of the track. I honestly felt bad for him, and became a fan in the process. It's been full speed ahead from there!

When it comes to music, Alternative Rock and Alternative Metal are my favorite genres. Some of my favorite bands include: Foo Fighters, Tool, Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, Staind, Alter Bridge, Deftones, Breaking Benjamin, Queens of the Stone Age, Seether, Rise Against, 10 Years, & Volbeat.

2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250

Highlighted a few days later in the 2012 Daytona 500, it's clear to see how crucial Twitter is to Brad Keselowski. Brad hosted a contest, and it was a success for fans as all entrants had their Twitter handle featured on the bed of his No.19 Twitter RAM. The race didn't go Keselowski's way as he was involved in a late race crash, resulting in a 27th place finish. Weeks after the race, Keselowski's foundation, the Checkered Flag Foundation, offered the pieces of the truck's bed to the fans. I purchased my piece of sheet metal, and it's one of my favorite pieces in my collection!

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2014 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic

Thanks to Brad Keselowski ('s) Crew Challenge, I had redeemed a VIP Truck Race Experience, and I had selected the only dirt race on the schedule at Eldora Speedway as my race. During one of the morning practice sessions, I bumped into track owner and three time Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart! With the VIP experience, I was able to tour through both BKR team haulers, and meet the two drivers, Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick. In addition, I was able to attend the drivers meeting, and stand at the end of the stage during driver introductions. Soon after, Brad arrived at the track from his day at ESPN, I found him in the infield and watched the race with him. An album of photos from that day can be seen here.

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2014 AAA 400

Thanks to NASCAR, ESPN, and the #MyChaseNation contest, I was able to have my Twitter handle placed on the passenger side of the No.2 Wurth Ford Fusion. Keselowski started the race in the 4th position, and after leading 78 laps, finished 2nd. Shown here is my entry Tweet, and my handle featured on Brad's car. 

2014 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 & 2014 Ford EcoBoost 200

Thanks to Brad Keselowski ('s) Crew Challenge, every week of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season two members are chosen to ride along with the drivers of the No.19 and No.29 Ford F-150's. The weekly winners are announced through Team BKR's Twitter account, and on the first week of the contest I received a Tweet! I was really excited to be selected on the opening week, and on my favorite drivers truck to boot. Brad would start and finish the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 third in his No.19 Draw-Tite F-150. 

On the final week of the season I was tagged in another Tweet, this time in selection for Ryan Blaney's No.29 Cooper Standard F-150. In the Ford EcoBoost 200, Blaney would start 2nd, and finish 5th, respectively. It was a great way to end the year!

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Personal Achievements

While in high school, I had made Engineering more of a passion than a life goal by joining some of my schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) clubs. Involving myself with the Pennsylvania TSA (Technology Student Association), and the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge had influenced me more than I could have ever imagined. 


In addition to racing, I'm also an avid music listener, and now concert goer. 
I've only been to a few concerts, such as Foo Fighters, Chevelle, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, and several others. A complete list can be seen here.

A few of my favorite videos are shown below. 


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