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Over the Wall: Get to Know Josh Horton

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Over the wall is a new feature here at Rubbings Racing. As often as possible we will feature a NASCAR pit crew guy or girl or a PR rep of a driver. In this second edition get to know Premium Motorsports mechanic, Josh Horton.

Age: 33

Hometown: Hueytown, Alabama

Current City: Cornelius, NC

Job Title/Organization: Underneath Mechanic, Premium Motorsports

Sarah Handy: What are your earliest memories of NASCAR?

Josh Horton: I use to camp at Talladega every race with my Mom and Dad as far back as five years that I can remember.

SH: Who was your favorite driver while growing up?

JH: Dale Sr.

SH: What’s the first race you attended in person?

JH: 1990 Winston 500 at Talladega that I can remember.

SH: What was your first job in NASCAR?

JH: Shop help, general mechanic

SH: Do you have a favorite memory of working in racing so far?

JH: Almost winning Pocono with Clint Bowyer in the truck series in my first season, we finished 4th.

SH: What current track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit do you believe provides the best racing?

JH: Bristol or Martinsville

SH: Do you often have to raise your voice to fans in the garage area to move out of the way of car and crew?

JH: Every weekend.

SH: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in person during a race?

JH: Probably the guy climbing the fence at Richmond during the cup race in 2014 and in Dover in 2017.

SH: Do you have any race day routines?

JH: Not really.

SH: If you had the opportunity to add any track to the schedule, which track would you choose, and why?

JH: Nashville because the racing there is amazing and of course North Wilkesboro.

SH: Some say NASCAR’s season is too long, do you agree, or do you feel it’s just right?

JH: I feel like it’s just right on length, but I think there needs to be an assortment of different tracks instead of running twice everywhere.

SH: What’s the best advice you give someone who wants to work in racing?

JH: Pack your shit and move, that’s what I did. No, seriously nothing can keep you from doing something you want to do except yourself, you are your biggest hold back. The sport has changed significantly since I have been in it and that’s only been 6 years. It seems tougher to get into the sport these days.

SH: Do any food places stand out that you like to visit when traveling for races? What’s your favorite food in general?

JH: Nothing really stands out food wise, I’ll eat just about anywhere. My favorite would be steak.

SH: For some that may not know, what do you enjoy as hobbies when you aren’t traveling for races?

JH: I like to Golf and also I have recently began to snowboard.  

SH: What’s your favorite genre of music, band or artist?

JH: I don’t have favorite genre, I listen to a lot of different music, my go to artist would be Tupac and Bone Thugs and Harmony.

I’d like to thank Josh for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer questions for this piece. It’s greatly appreciated!

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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