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NASCAR Fan Matt Wheeler Shares His Collection

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Hi everyone, my name is Matt Wheeler, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan since 1998. The moment that hooked me was the 1998 Daytona 500, as an 8-year-old. I remember thinking you couldn’t get any cooler than Dale Earnhardt.

I started collecting early on and had a room full of stuff – mainly 1/64 die-cast cars, posters, and magazines. Unfortunately, everything was stolen when I was 15 years old. I lost the passion and interest for years because of how hard it was to deal with losing part of my childhood.

Something changed when the pandemic hit. I caught myself falling in love with NASCAR again, and I had a brother buy me a Dale Earnhardt 1/24-scale die-cast car for my birthday. He told me I should start collecting again and that it would help me in coping with my loss. 

Now, I have been able to replace a great portion of what was lost, and I have been able to make some amazing friends along the way.

Thank you, Daily Downforce for letting me share my story!

Editor’s Note: Shoutout to Dogleg Media for connecting us with Matt.

My favorite item of the collection! A JR Motorsports jacket signed by Dale Jr., Kelley Earnhardt and all the JRM drivers.
Here is a good portion of my Earnhardt 1/24 die-casts cars. When I started collecting again three years ago, this was where I started.
This shelf has so many cool items like hats, pins, mugs, VHS tapes and smaller items I’m running out of room for!
The wall that everyone calls “overwhelming” with my Earnhardt 1/64-scale die-casts and Winston Select posters. These are all very special to me.
Here are some more 1/24 scale die-casts and other random things I’ve gathered from thrift stores and at race tracks.
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