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Fort Worth resident quits job to take trip around the world

Brent Folan, whose social media posts of selfies taken with Olympic athletes in Rio went viral, poses for a photo before the start of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Brent Folan, whose social media posts of selfies taken with Olympic athletes in Rio went viral, poses for a photo before the start of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Star-Telegram

As far as a to-do list for seizing what he senses is his chance at the riches of the American dream, Fort Worth’s Brent Folan has checked off perhaps the most important in eliminating things getting in the way.

He quit his job.

Folan, 26, gained famed as the selfie king of the Rio Summer Olympic Games, taking pictures with notable Olympic figures such as Michael Phelps.

Folan, a former TCU student body president and member of Texas Motor Speedway’s LugNutz Crew – the track’s “ambassadors of fun” who roam the grounds with games and giveaways for fans – is looking at two routes to cash in on his instant celebrity

He will either make a trip around the world and document his travels on YouTube, or he will be selected as a Pizza Hut All-American. A what? Pizza Hut is looking for one lucky person to attend every NCAA championship game and post about it on social media.

Folan, originally from St. Louis, would seem to have a leg up on his competition.

“I resigned from my job. I’m going for it,” said Folan, who worked at a limestone mining company. “I loved working there, but this is my opportunity. It’s time to seize it.”

Folan plans to work with InspireMore media to build a YouTube channel and share his experiences and “show people the world.”

NASCAR next?

Ben Rothwell’s day job is UFC heavyweight fighter. One day, he might be part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup team.

Rothwell is at TMS serving an externship to experience the various occupations of the sport.

The 35-year-old is planning to fight again soon. He’s 36-10 with 20 knockouts and 13 submissions.

Smokin’ bobble-heads

TMS officials are commemorating Tony Stewart’s final start at the track with special giveaway.

The first 30,000 spectators to arrive for the race today will receive a Smoke bobble-head.

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