Ward Burton coaches son Jeb Burton at Martinsille Speedway
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Off the Wall With: Ward Burton

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the race car. This week, former Sprint Cup driver and current Sprint Cup dad Ward Burton stops by.

What’s fun besides racing?

Ward Burton: Stay the hell away from a racetrack right now.

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

Burton: Before I die, I have a whole bunch of things to do. Get all three of my children in a good situation in their lives. My wife has a health issue right now, get her well. Accomplish as much as I possibly can with my Wildlife Foundation.

Your go-to on movie night is:

Burton: I don’t watch a whole lot of TV. I like watching documentaries on American military history.

What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?

Burton: Six pack of Yuengling.

Most memorable fan interaction?

Burton: I tell you, one thing I miss about racing is the interaction with children. I never, no matter how busy I was, when I was wearing that suit I never passed up a child. I met some kids in Kansas one time. They had some health issues. I met their parents after the autograph session. Myself, my sponsor and the Shriners Club got those kids an operation to fix their issues.

What’s fun besides racing?What’s the top item on your bucket list?Your go-to on movie night:One item that’s always in your grocery bag?Most memorable fan interaction:
Cole WhittFishingVisiting Bora BoraGod’s Not DeadGround TurkeyGetting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano

 

NothingWinning a Martinsville clockMiracleYogurtSigning an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron CappsWatching other racingGoing into spaceSomething with Will Ferrell in itA receiptVisiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey MearsPlaying with my kidsWinning another Sprint Cup raceGood Will HuntingEggsMeeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoriaFamily adventuresBungee jumpingSomething horror or sci fiVegetable juicesA fan who cried when she met me
Ryan NewmanAnything outdoorsNothing-enjoy life every day!TombstoneBreadAnytime a kid asks a question
David GillilandRiding 4-wheelersDeep-sea fishing in AlaskaDays of ThunderBananasGetting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack BeckmanSurfingSkydivingAny movie, especially action or sci-fiBananasHanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
Brad KeselowskiPersonal growthWinning another Cup titleForrest GumpFlowers for my girlfriendAll of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
Spencer MasseyTraveling and drivingWinning an NHRA Mello Yello titleCaddyshackFrozen pizzasTheir reaction to Gatornationals win
Brendan GaughanKidsSCUBA diving in the GalapagosBlazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess BrideToilet paperToo many to choose from
J.R. ToddHanging with high school buddiesWinning an NHRA championshipGet HardWaterThere’s one oddball at every race…
Landon CassillAnything outsideVisiting EuropeGame of Thrones on NetflixAvocadosA little girl named Riley
Del WorshamBoatingNothing; done it allA dramaMilkSharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
Austin DillonPlaying soccerFlying an F-16 fighter jetTop GunCoca-ColaSigning a baby
Richard ChildressSomething outdoorsWinning another Cup championshipSomething with Clint EastwoodChildress Vineyards wineA lot of them!
Morgan ShepherdRoller skatingGetting the No. 89 in some more racesDoesn’t watch moviesBroccoli and carrotsA girl who wanted her underwear signed
Matt DiBenedettoDriving my Corvette and playing raquetballRacing in the Sprint Cup SeriesDays of ThunderSteakWhenever people appreciate you
Carl EdwardsBackpackingWinning the Cup championship / base jumpingSmokey and the BanditCereal…lots of cerealWhen little kids come up who love the sport
Matt HaganFarmingTaking part in a tractor pullAmerican SniperSteakHaving someone propose in the pits
Ward BurtonBeing away from the trackKnowing family is in a good placeMilitary documentaries6-pack of YuenglingAll the kids

 

 

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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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    I like the mentality of Ward Burton even now, and thinking of the kids is something a lot of pros forget nowadays. And, trying to make sure the adult kids are in a good spot besides being “On Their Own” is something the Older Adults don’t always think of.