This past Saturday, the National Brain Tumor Society hit the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to watch Matt Tifft race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Over the past two years, Matt has been a vocal brain tumor advocate, using his own survival story to urge Congress to support funding for brain tumor research. That, in itself, is inspiring, but Matt has also used his position as a NASCAR driver to spread awareness to race fans by wrapping his Number 2 car with the National Brain Tumor Society’s logo, website homepage, and colors. This time around, he invited New England-based brain tumor survivors, advocates, and NBTS staff, to come out to the race and get a firsthand look behind-the-scenes of a NASCAR race.
The sky above the track was a bright blue, as the sun beat down. Our entourage was brought into the garage and pits area, where we met up with Matt, his father, and his team from Richard Childress Racing! After an early-morning qualifier, Matt was set to start the race at the 19th pole position. Undeterred, Matt raced intelligently and fought hard to finish in 5th place overall. His car was considered the fastest one for a large portion of the second half of the race! In the second half of the race, his car was the nearly the fastest in the field.
We continue to be honored to work with Matt, his family, and team to raise awareness for the brain tumor community, and look forward to watching his star rise. Check out Matt’s 2018 schedule and while you’re at it, join him in taking action toward a world without brain tumors.