Chris MacNicol

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Chris MacNicol (born c. 1974 in Naples, Florida), better known as NASCAR super-fan Talladega Tire Man, is a former minor-league baseball player and a medical sales representative.

MacNicol played collegiate baseball for Jacksonville State as a walk-on catcher. In 1995 he played for the independent minor-league East Chicago Conquistadors. In 2004, MacNicol was attending the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona, Florida when he had an opportunity to purchase the right front tire used by Joe Nemecheck for his qualifying run. MacNicol bought the tire for $5, Joe Nemecheck signed it, and MacNicol decided to wear the tire around his waist. The "Tire Man" persona was born.

Since then, the "Talladega Tire Man" has been a fixture in the infield at every NASCAR race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Wearing only underwear and the tire, which has been afixed with suspenders, MacNicol draws attention from fellow race fans, as well as law enforcement, whom almost always just laugh or take pictures.

In 2010, an entire chapter of Andrew Giangola's book, The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, was dedicated to MacNicol.

MacNicol, his wife Tonya and their three children live in Chelsea.


  • Demmons, Doug (April 24, 2010) "The Talldega Tire Man's attire is a tire." Birmingham News
  • Giangola, Andrew (pp 62-66) The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True stories of remarkable NASCAR fans. 2010, MBI Publishing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. ISBN 978-0-7603-3831-5

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