Interview w/ Chuck Fountain – ‘We Race. You Win Sweepstakes’ Winner

Chuck Fountain, of Plymouth, Minn., won a brand-new 2010 Ford Fusion as Ford Racing’s “We Race. You Win” grand prize winner during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22. Fountain and his wife, Ruthie, had never been to a NASCAR race before winning the all-expenses paid trip in Ford Racing’s season-long sweepstakes.

CHUCK FOUNTAIN – ‘We Race. You Win Sweepstakes’ Winner

HOW DID IT FEEL TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE FORD FUSION?

"It was a marvelous feeling and I think the guy who was taking the still photographs probably captured watery eyes on my part. I've never had a feeling like that before, really, but it was really great."

OTHER THAN WINNING THE FUSION, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND?

"Well, it was the first race that I had attended. I had been to the track at Daytona before but not for a race. I was amazed by the loudness of the sounds as the race cars went around the track. The most memorable thing was probably the actual races themselves. For the first two races we were in one of the garage suites above the garage area; it's like a flat roof with the garage behind the pits and then above it there is like an awning across, so at least that was out of the hot sun. It was interesting to watch all of the preparation that goes together, all that the pit crew deals with getting the tires ready, and gluing on the lug nuts and gluing down the weights, making sure they have got enough gas cans from the Sunoco gas station behind the garage area. Just seeing it all, was just absolutely amazing."

YOU MET MATT KENSETH IN MARCH WHEN HE VISITED YOU IN MINNESOTA TO GIVE YOU A TEST DRIVE IN THE FORD FUSION. WERE YOU ABLE TO RECONNECT WITH HIM DURING THE WEEKEND?

"Yes. I met Greg Biffle, he was on the stage when I won the Ford Fusion, and he went with me down to the car out in front of the stage when they handed me the keys. We went to the car and I got in and started it up, and he got in the other side and shook my hand and said, ‘How great is this?' so I got to meet him. When he was finished, Matt Kenseth was going to come on stage and do a Q & A with the audience, and they were about to whisk us off to the hospitality suite, and I said, ‘If you don't mind, I would like to wait just to say hello to Matt.' They were willing to let me do that, so we all waited and Matt showed up and they took a couple of pictures of him between Ruthie and I. He congratulated us on winning the car and everything, so it was good to see him again. I asked him how his wife and new daughter were doing and he thanked me for asking and keeping them in our thoughts. It was a good meeting. He's a gentleman, and he's my idol, he really is when it comes to race-car drivers."

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ‘WE RACE YOU WIN SWEEPSTAKES?'

"I'm not really sure, and I still don't recall how I actually entered it. I was doing some research on a Ford vehicle, back towards the end of 2008, or in early January or February in 2009. I don't remember specifically signing up for it, that whole part is pretty foggy because most of the time when you sign up for a contest you never expect to win anyway, you just put your name in the bucket and that's the end of it. You never hear anything else, but it worked a little different this time. I'm glad that it did."

HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING NASCAR FOR A WHILE?

"I've watched it off and on for a number of years."

AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE HAS IT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST MORE?

"Oh sure. I've watched almost every race this year, or most of every race. I expect I probably will next year too, now that Matt has a new Crown Royal Ford Fusion."<

HOW DID IT FEEL TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE FORD FUSION?

"It was a marvelous feeling and I think the guy who was taking the still photographs probably captured watery eyes on my part. I've never had a feeling like that before, really, but it was really great."

OTHER THAN WINNING THE FUSION, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND?

"Well, it was the first race that I had attended. I had been to the track at Daytona before but not for a race. I was amazed by the loudness of the sounds as the race cars went around the track. The most memorable thing was probably the actual races themselves. For the first two races we were in one of the garage suites above the garage area; it's like a flat roof with the garage behind the pits and then above it there is like an awning across, so at least that was out of the hot sun. It was interesting to watch all of the preparation that goes together, all that the pit crew deals with getting the tires ready, and gluing on the lug nuts and gluing down the weights, making sure they have got enough gas cans from the Sunoco gas station behind the garage area. Just seeing it all, was just absolutely amazing."

YOU MET MATT KENSETH IN MARCH WHEN HE VISITED YOU IN MINNESOTA TO GIVE YOU A TEST DRIVE IN THE FORD FUSION. WERE YOU ABLE TO RECONNECT WITH HIM DURING THE WEEKEND?

"Yes. I met Greg Biffle, he was on the stage when I won the Ford Fusion, and he went with me down to the car out in front of the stage when they handed me the keys. We went to the car and I got in and started it up, and he got in the other side and shook my hand and said, ‘How great is this?' so I got to meet him. When he was finished, Matt Kenseth was going to come on stage and do a Q & A with the audience, and they were about to whisk us off to the hospitality suite, and I said, ‘If you don't mind, I would like to wait just to say hello to Matt.' They were willing to let me do that, so we all waited and Matt showed up and they took a couple of pictures of him between Ruthie and I. He congratulated us on winning the car and everything, so it was good to see him again. I asked him how his wife and new daughter were doing and he thanked me for asking and keeping them in our thoughts. It was a good meeting. He's a gentleman, and he's my idol, he really is when it comes to race-car drivers."

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ‘WE RACE YOU WIN SWEEPSTAKES?'

"I'm not really sure, and I still don't recall how I actually entered it. I was doing some research on a Ford vehicle, back towards the end of 2008, or in early January or February in 2009. I don't remember specifically signing up for it, that whole part is pretty foggy because most of the time when you sign up for a contest you never expect to win anyway, you just put your name in the bucket and that's the end of it. You never hear anything else, but it worked a little different this time. I'm glad that it did."

HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING NASCAR FOR A WHILE?

"I've watched it off and on for a number of years."

AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE HAS IT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST MORE?

"Oh sure. I've watched almost every race this year, or most of every race. I expect I probably will next year too, now that Matt has a new Crown Royal Ford Fusion."

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