RIDGEWAY, Va. (WFXR) — Matt Tifft is using this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway to face his fears.
In 2019, he was a NASCAR Cup Series driver and was supposed to be behind the wheel for the No. 36 Ford Mustang, when he suffered a seizure at the Martinsville Speedway that morning, ending his racing career.
“I came in, went to my hauler and had some coffee,” Tifft recalled. “I just remember the stuff happening and praying I was going to wake up again.”
Now he’s back at ‘the Paperclip’ for the first time since that day, this time as the owner of Team Live Fast Motorsports. He’s partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation to spread awareness of the disorder and raise money for further research.
“I had to convince myself to come up here because it’s been so much anxiety and PTSD just to get here,” Tifft said. “It’s been an amazing journey.”
Tifft created the team after he was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2020, partnering with CEO Jessica McLeod and her husband, B.J., who is also the driver for the team and will race in the No. 78 car on Saturday, April 9 in the NASCAR Cup Series Martinsville.
Watch below an interview with Team Live Fast owner Matt Tifft and driver B.J. McLeod.
“He taught me how to drive a race car and to have his wife, Jessica, as a female CEO in a male-dominated sport of NASCAR, it’s such an amazing thing,” Tifft said. “She’s a brilliant personality.”
While Tifft hopes to make an impact at the highest tier of stock car racing, he knows this weekend will be significant for him personally.
“This has been about closing the chapter and come back and face the fear and try to move on,” he said