2 on 2: Keith McGee is first Alaskan to race NASCAR professionally

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - To say that NASCAR is a fast-paced world is an understatement. For Alaskan Keith McGee, it’s a dream he’s been racing toward his whole life.

“I’ve just always been around adrenaline. Adrenaline has just been a part of my life, ” he says with a grin.

McGee is the first Alaskan to ever race professionally for NASCAR, finishing 11th in his first race and 10th in his most recent one in the pro series. He says when someone first approached him about racing for NASCAR, he thought they were joking.

Thankfully, they were not. McGee says he can’t think of a more perfect sport for him, mostly because it tests his limits.

“And this just fits perfectly because I feel at home, inside the car, even though half the time I’m scared,” he says.

He uses that fear as a fuel, a way to push himself to race faster, further. He says unless you have fear, you’ll never be able to push through toward your goals.

“Once you get past that fear, your goals are obtainable. Everybody that goes out and reaches their goals, has to get past the fear,” McGee said. “It was a big fear to overtake, but it’s so much fun.”

He takes that fun to a personal level as well. You’ll notice his car, fire suit, shoes, are the brightest on the circuit. It’s a tribute to his mother, who is battling cancer.

“The bright colors represent the different forms of cancer that my mom’s battled. Last year she beat breast cancer, and she’s battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,” he said quietly.

With his mother on his mind, and the role model he represents to kids all over Alaska, he tries to show that you can achieve your dreams, one lap at a time.

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