In 2001, college freshman Brock Beard arrived at the University of California at Irvine as a walk-on athlete for the Men’s Rowing Team. Despite a complete lack of athletic experience, three years later, he had earned the “two-seat” in the Junior Varsity Eight, a boat which won four races at four different venues. Having graduated as a four-year scholar-athlete with honors in UCI’s prestigious Humanities Honors Program, Beard went on to earn his Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University with a Witkin Award in Constitutional Law.
As he continues to write his own underdog story, Beard has set to work writing those of others, particularly in his favorite arena of professional stock car racing. Since 2009, Beard’s website LASTCAR.info has told the story of NASCAR’s last-place finishers and lesser-known competitors. Beard’s unique work, featuring statistics he researched from thousands of race results, has been featured on NASCAR.com, SPEED Channel, RaceTalkRadio.com, Manifold Destiny with Mojo Nixon, and the PETM Podcast. He’s also reported trackside for LASTCAR.info during NASCAR events, and in 2013 worked with the Sonoma Raceway’s marketing department. He resides in Antioch, California.