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Do you love the driver or the sponsor?

Loving the Intimidator: Kim and David Ingle of Nappanee are avid NASCAR fans, to say the least. One room in their home contains a showcase of Dale Earnhardt Sr. memorabilia.
Truth Photo By Larry Tebo

Matt Kenseth (above) has a fan in Rob Esterline of Elkhart. Why? One of Kenseth’s sponsors is DeWalt Tools. “I like DeWalt Tools,” Esterline says.

Like any good drama, the good guys and bad guys are just fun to watch

im and Dave Ingle watch NASCAR qualifying on Friday nights and the races every Sunday. But the Nappanee couple doesn’t cheer for a favorite driver. They’re probably in the minority among NASCAR fans. Debates about drivers are as common as pit stops and yellow flags. The Ingles used to cheer on one guy. First it was Cale Yarborough, a NASCAR legend


who won three straight championships in the 1970s. When he retired, Dave became a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died in 2001. They had filled a bedroom with Earnhardt collectibles, but quit collecting when he died. “Unfortunately we have never picked another favorite driver,” she said. Fans have a variety of stories of how they start rooting for someone, though when it comes to NASCAR, it’s not as simple as geography. Many fans, including the Ingles, cheer for the guys with ties to this area:

Heroes of every type
Racing fans choose their favorites — and their villains — based on drivers’ personalities, backgrounds, driving styles or sponsorships. From left, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Mike Bliss. In the photo at top, Tony Raines’ car.
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Ryan Newman and David Stremme of South Bend and Tony Raines of LaPorte. But unlike the Bears or Colts, people find other reasons. It may be the sponsors, how the driver performs or how they appear in interviews. The Ingles cheer on younger drivers and enjoy seeing different people win, she said. Mrs. Ingle may have even cheered for Jeff Gordon under her breath. “It was rough, but I think I may have. I think I may have cheered for Tony Stewart too,” she said. Her comment points to how divisive some of these drivers are. Jeff Gordon has fans and wins races, but a lot of NASCAR fans don’t like him. Rob Esterline of Elkhart

said he’ll occasionally scream at the television, but the debates with friends when they gather to watch races aren’t too intense. “I won’t let Gordon fans come over. It ain’t too bad,” he said. He can’t stand Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr., who inherited many of his father’s fans, but not the racing business of Dale Earnhardt Inc. Esterline said Dale Sr. was a good driver, he just didn’t like him. He cheers for Matt Kenseth, whose primary sponsor is DeWalt Tools. “I like DeWalt Tools,” he said. Driving technique attracts fans. So does marketing. Sometimes fans will cheer for a driver because he’s cute. How a driver carries himself often affects whether people cheer. “Tony Stewart’s good, but he’s

a pain in the butt,” said Daryl Crothers, a NAPA parts salesman who said he’s a mild fan. His co-worker Rich Everingham is making plans to go to the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis in several months and said he cheers for Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. “I like them because they’re good,” he said. He’s fond of Stremme, too. “I like the locals. The guys that have been around a while, they tend to be likable,” Crothers said. Diane Rodman of New Paris cheered for Earnhardt Sr. because her husband Harvey did. But then she started cheering for Ryan Newman. “I just wanted to root for somebody different. Just like football. My husband roots for the Colts. I root for the

Bears. Makes life more interesting,” she said. They go to watch races in Bristol, Tenn., and she’ll pull for Johnson, too. “Tony Stewart’s fun to watch,” she said. That’s probably the whole point. Whether it’s yelling for or against someone for whatever reason, fans take an interest in watching. Contact Marshall V. King at mking@etruth.com.

Clubs and Organizations/Judi Lentz
Maple City Kiwanis
Guests at the May 10 meeting included an interclub group from Goshen Sunrisers and Wendy Nelson. Roy Stern, membership chairman, installed the newest member, Carol Hansen. Cindy Hill introduced Jan Deka from Home Instead Senior Care. This company provides caregivers to people in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties. Home Instead is based in Omaha and is a franchise company. Coming up: • Monday: Interclub to North Webster Creek Country Club. Past presidents were Beverly Tudor, Treva Vaksvik, Kevin Strite presided as toastmaster Jean Avery, Marie Mishler, Mary Wenger, Norma Weaver, Doris Rody, on May 7. Ed Robbins gave a speech, Gloria Weltz, Nathene Squires, Patriwhich was evaluated by Angelo Perera. George Fattal, table topics master, cia Ortell, Mary Alice Achberger and Exchange Club of Audrey Phillips. led impromptu speeches and Tim Jane Carr, Edith Peck and Kay Roy Loutzenhiser led their evaluations. Elkhart County Chuck Kurk provided the timekeeper’s were guests, and New Horizons Band played during the afternoon. report. Scott Erickson, Goshen General New officers installed were Joyce Next meeting: 12:10 to 1 p.m. TuesHospital’s cardiac program director, Carmien, treasurer; Patricia Robertwas speaker at the May 8 meeting. He day, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, son, program chairwoman; Kate Stutdescribed testing and procedures used 232 S. Main St., Goshen. Meetings are sman, vice president; and Dellaura open to the public. in diagnosing heart conditions and Riggle, president. Information: Jim Smith, 533-9515 treatments required to restore heart ext. 330 function. Goshen Noon Chet George was inducted as a new member by Steve Bonine, Exchange Married Women’s Club Kiwanis Club Club district supervisor. Guests at the May 8 meeting inThe closing luncheon to honor past Next meeting: 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oakcluded Hank Willems, Bethany Chrispresidents was May 8 at Christiana lawn, 330 Lakeview Dive, Goshen • June 21: Pastor Appreciation Day Next meeting: 6:30 a.m. Thursday, The Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St., Goshen. All are welcome.

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tian Middle School; Elena Hackney, Fairfield Junior-Senior High School; and Jan Baker, Bob Cross and Ann Eaton, all of Goshen Middle School. Several parents of the middle school students honored were also present. The Kiwanis Middle School Honors Program was the feature of the day. The Youth Services Committee introduced the following young people and presented them with achievement certificates signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels: Stefan Baumgartner, Alex Detwiler, Drew Frey, Brett Gentle, Veronika Goncharova, Stephen Graber, Kayla Hussey, Lauren Lehman, Alexander Neufeld, Natalie Newell, Ellie Schertz, Jacob Shetler, Brooke Walker, Kristen Werntz and Tyler Wynn, all of Goshen Middle School;

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