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Off the Wall With: Ashley Freiberg

On the spot this week: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rookie Ashley Freiberg, who will be splitting her time in 2016 between Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 in the GT-Daytona class and Starworks Motorsport’s No. 88 in the Prototype Challenge class.

What’s fun for you besides [car] racing?

Cyclocross racing. It’s an off-road race on a bicycle. The course is usually about two miles long. The race is 45 minutes long and its an all-out sprint through tight turns in the woods or a grassy field. You do have to get off your bike and carry it over obstacles.

What’s the top item on your bucket list?
[To] race at Le Mans. Doesn’t matter what it’s in.

What’s your go-to on movie nights?
I don’t watch much TV. Some kind of comedy, nothing particular.

What’s the one item that’s always in your grocery bag?
Probably eggs. I eat a lot of eggs.

What’s your most memorable fan interaction?
There was this little girl at [VIR]. Her dad comes to me and says, “My daughter doesn’t think girls can drive race cars.” She was this little sweet girl, all decked out in pink, glasses and all.

She looked up at me. I said, “You don’t think girls can drive cars?” She says no. “Well, I drive this car. Not only can we drive these cars, we can win.”  Her face just lit up. She was blown away. Later on, she was telling her dad about how she wanted to become a race car driver.

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 Whitt Fishing Visiting Bora Bora God’s Not Dead Ground Turkey Getting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano

 

Nothing Winning a Martinsville clock Miracle Yogurt Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron Capps Watching other racing Going into space Something with Will Ferrell in it A receipt Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey Mears Playing with my kids Winning another Sprint Cup race Good Will Hunting Eggs Meeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoria Family adventures Bungee jumping Something horror or sci fi Vegetable juices A fan who cried when she met me
Ryan Newman Anything outdoors Nothing-enjoy life every day! Tombstone Bread Anytime a kid asks a question
David Gilliland Riding 4-wheelers Deep-sea fishing in Alaska Days of Thunder Bananas Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack Beckman Surfing Skydiving Any movie, especially action or sci-fi Bananas Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
Brad Keselowski Personal growth Winning another Cup title Forrest Gump Flowers for my girlfriend All of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
Spencer Massey Traveling and driving Winning an NHRA Mello Yello title Caddyshack Frozen pizzas Their reaction to Gatornationals win
Brendan Gaughan Kids SCUBA diving in the Galapagos Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess Bride Toilet paper Too many to choose from
J.R. Todd

 

Hanging with high school buddies Winning an NHRA championship Get Hard Water There’s one oddball at every race…
Landon Cassill Anything outside Visiting Europe Game of Thrones on Netflix Avocados A little girl named Riley
Del Worsham Boating Nothing; done it all A drama Milk Sharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
Austin Dillon Playing soccer Flying an F-16 fighter jet Top Gun Coca-Cola Signing a baby
Richard Childress Something outdoors Winning another Cup championship Something with Clint Eastwood Childress Vineyards wine A lot of them!
Morgan Shepherd Roller skating Getting the No. 89 in some more races Doesn’t watch movies Broccoli and carrots A girl who wanted her underwear signed
Matt DiBenedetto Driving my Corvette and playing raquetball Racing in the Sprint Cup Series Days of Thunder Steak Whenever people appreciate you
Carl Edwards Backpacking Winning the Cup championship / base jumping Smokey and the Bandit Cereal…lots of cereal When little kids come up who love the sport
Matt Hagan Farming Taking part in a tractor pull American Sniper Steak Having someone propose in the pits
Ward Burton Being away from the track Knowing family is in a good place Military documentaries 6-pack of Yuengling All the kids
John Hunter Nemechek Wake surfing Winning a Sprint Cup championship American Sniper Fruit Anything with the younger generation
Justin Allgaier Wake surfing and golfing right now Skydiving American Sniper or Frozen Fruit One lady almost passed out, she was so excited
Tony Schumacher Harley riding Skydiving in a squirrel suit Mr. Destiny Pretzels Make-A-Wish kids
Josh Wise Playing with kids Wining a Sprint Cup race Something funny Almond butter or peanut butter A random message from a teacher in England
Matt Kenseth Nothing Doing things with the kids Not much time to watch TV Katie does the shopping! A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed
Alex Bowman Working on cars Road trip through Europe Entourage on TV Doc 360 Riding through the campground at Martinsville
Daniel Hemric Working on race cars Skydive solo Days of Thunder Gum Visiting a children’s hospital
John Force Racing with granddaughter Autumn Win another championship Mad Max Toothpaste, champagne, and energy drink Autographing a pig
Sam Hornish, Jr. Projects, especially with daughters Hiking the Appalachian Trail The Departed Monster Being cussed out for refusing to sign a body part
Graham Rahal Golf & college football Winning the Indianapolis 500 Fiancée Courtney usually picks! Kona Big Wave Beer Signing a kid’s forehead
Courtney Force Cooking with niece and nephews Winning a championship Something with Will Ferrell Cheese Seeing signature tattooed on a person
Robbie Reiser Hunting Seeing kids be successful Doesn’t watch movies Cookies Cute girls
Ben Kennedy Wakeboarding and triathlons Traveling and spending time in Australia Talladega Nights or Wedding Crashers Bananas Meeting an individual with ALS
Brittany Force Traveling or going to the movies Skydiving A comedy or a drama Granola and yogurt Getting proposed to
Tyler Reddick Physical activity or watching Netflix Winning a Sprint Cup race Bullitt Cranberry Juice, orange juice and sushi Can’t repeat it!
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Phil Allaway
Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor. Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.