From the Bering Sea to Daytona

I talked today to a fan camped in the infield who traveled farther to attend Speedweek than anyone I'd met yet. Matt Baird made the trip from White Salmon, Wash., in the Columbia River Gorge.


Matt Baird, camped out in the infield. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com)

Considering that Matt works for Trident Seafoods, trawling for pollock in the frigid Alaskan waters, I think it makes his trip that much more special. It's Matt's first Daytona 500. "I get blocks of time off, and it's something I've always wanted to do," he says.

So what's riskier, stock-car racing or Arctic fishing? Matt says you're more likely to have a fatal accident working in the commercial fishing fleet than in a race. Knock on wood.

Being a Washington state native, Matt's pulling for his home-state sensation, Greg Biffle.

By Mike Snyder |  February 18, 2006; 6:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fans
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