Just for Fun
Singer/group: Jimmy Buffett, Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe, Newsong
Most played song in ipod: Come Monday, Jimmy Buffett…I often play it after the race when I’m waiting in my seat for the plane to take off on Sunday nights. It calms me down after a very chaotic race day. It’s my sign I’m headed home after a long weekend. I’m Letting Go and Free To Be Me both by Francesca Battistelli are among my top favs.
First car: 1990 Chevy Lumina Z34 – fire engine red
Dream car: 1949 Mercury Lead Sled…one of these days
Hobbies: riding my motorcycle, boating, interior decorating, traveling the Caribbean, spoiling my twin nephews Max & Luke
Motorcylce: 2003 Honda Shadow 600 VTX, purple of course!
Favorite channel: Speed (seriously), HGTV, diy network
Favorite shows: Househunters, Design on a Dime, Desperate Landscapes, What Not To Wear
What most fans don’t know about Wendy: I feed the 6 or 7 deer in my backyard and I love our deer camera that snaps photos of them when I‘m gone. I’m a city girl born and raised in Chicago. And now that I live in the country, nature fascinates me!! My husband deer hunts, but we have an agreement he won’t hurt my furry neighbors.
Fav part of job: the friendships I have made, things I get to see and do because of my work
Least fav part of job: navigating around a different city every week. I think I do well, but it can get frustrating if you get lost. Thank goodness for GPS!
Fav celebrity interview: Will Ferrell
Most intriguing celebrity interview: Adam Sandler, Nicolas Cage
Fav driver interview: Matt Kenseth or Tony Stewart…They give me their full attention when I ask a question, and that means the world to me.
Most intriguing driver interview: Ryan Newman…he’s very analytical. I am always on my toes with him.
Fav part of NASCAR Raceday: the grid walk at the end of the show. It’s unscripted and challenging.
Hardest part of NASCAR Raceday: The Real Deal questions. I put a lot of heart and soul into those questions each week. Some are written, some are off the cuff. My producer John Morris edits out what he doesn’t like!
Most honored Real Deal interview: Richard Petty, David Pearson, Mario Andretti
Most inspiring Real Deal interview: the late Bobby Hamilton Sr… he spoke words that forever remain with me.
Coolest Real Deal: Bud Moore, a decorated war hero. He invited us into his home and shared war stories that make you really appreciate your freedom.
Favorite on location shoot: Mario Andretti at Andretti Winery in Napa Valley, CA. He has funny stories and I just admire him!
Fav crew chief to interview: Todd Berrier or Tony Gibson because they are so down-to-earth and focus on the car, not on themselves.
Fav crew chief to talk anything but racing: Pat Tryson, we get along well and we share stories about the Caribbean
Fav city on race schedule: Las Vegas…but I don’t like gambling
Fav track on race schedule: Bristol night race…nothing compares to the pre-race excitement of that night
Fav shopping on race schedule (what girl doesn‘t love a good shopping area): Dallas, TX Scottsdale, AZ and Las Vegas, NV
Fav Vacation spot: Anguilla, British West Indies (5 miles off the coast of St. Maarten)
Fav place to unwind: anywhere warm and tropical
Next vacation spot: back to Italy as a family vacation
Favorite Scriptures Wendy lives by:
- She speaks with intelligence, wisdom and grace.
- Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
- The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed.
Famous Quotes Wendy lives by:
- Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
— Leroy Brownlow
- Be true to your work, your word and your friends.
— Henry David Thoreau
- If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams
- True affluence is not needing anything.
— Gary Snyder
- Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.
— Hugh Allen
- When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
— Erma Bombeck