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NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party a Huge Hit with Fans
Posted by: newsla on Oct 13, 2013 - 02:42 AM
NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party a Huge Hit with Fans

Pit Note #11

KESELOWSKI, DALE JR. STEAL THE SHOW – Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent a few minutes of their prerace evening visiting with fans on the stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway and their appearance was the hit of the afternoon for fans.


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Between signing autographs and spouting one-liners, the two drivers had the crowd laughing and cheering throughout the appearance.

“That was awesome,” said Dawn Baker of New Jersey, who was still jumping up and down with her new Dale Jr. autograph, a souvenir from her first trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway with husband Scott. “We’ve had a wonderful day. This place is just amazing – the views, the setup, this pit party. It’s all been first class.”

It was also a refreshing chance for the fans to see the true personalities of these drivers. Keselowski talked about his recent feud with Kyle Busch and possible paybacks. He also welcomed Dale Jr. to the stage with open arms, quipping, “I know for probably the next two minutes I’m not going to get booed.”

The pair then laughed about a house Keselowski bought “as-is” from Earnhardt, which just had a ceiling collapse.

Later Earnhardt talked about his collection of Washington Redskins game programs and restored cars. It was an inside glimpse that race fans truly enjoyed and appreciated.

“We’ve had such a great day,” Scott Baker said.

KESELOWSKI LOOKING FOR REVENGE? – During the NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party interviews, emcee Paul Schadt unintentionally got Keselowski started on the Kyle Busch feud when he implied that race fans didn’t come to watch the guys run in circles.

“What do they come for then? To see Kyle Busch wreck?” Keselowski deadpanned, as the crowd hooted and hollered its appreciation.

Asked by Schadt whether there would be any beating and banging tonight, Keselowski replied, “I hope so.”

Earnhardt walked on stage soon thereafter, and after getting caught up to speed, he quipped, “Hopefully I’ve got a good shot of that. Sounds like it will be fun to watch.”

CHARLOTTE GETTING GROOVY – When Kyle Larson ran up against the wall in Friday night’s Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide race, he got a lot of veteran drivers’ attention.

During his post-race interviews, winner Kyle Busch said he never would have tried the high line if he hadn’t seen Larson already use it successfully.

“It’s good to be young and stupid, I guess,” Busch said.

The move also got Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s attention.

“Looking at the race last night, the Nationwide guys were all over the corners, so it looks like this place is finally kind of coming around, and it’s about time that we started using up more grooves than just the bottom,” Earnhardt said. “So hopefully the race will be pretty wide in the corners, and you’ll have some options for getting your car to drive well.”

LUCKY FAN WINS NEW TOYOTA – One lucky race fan won a brand new Toyota Camry during prerace ceremonies for tonight’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway by having the right key in “The Road Trip to the Races Sweepstakes.”

The lucky winner was John Cards from Mooresville, N.C. Card was the third person to try his key after finding his suitcase at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It’s terribly exciting,” said Card. “Everything has just led up to this. Everything has been perfect. Finding the clues on the radio and all… I did get a little bit nervous after I found the suitcase but not as much as I am right now.

“I work for Hospice and I was going right by there going to the business park anyway. And Joe Gibbs is our neighbor in the park. So I heard the clue and I said. “like I got time to go over and check that out,” and I found it. Honestly, I’m one of those people who have never really won anything. Good way to start, huh?”

Race fans were given clues via twitter and local radio as to where 10 suitcases were hidden in the Charlotte area. The first person to claim each case won four frontstretch tickets to the Bank of America 500, four pit passes, four driver hats, four driver shirts, four Coca-Colas at the speedway and a key that could start the Camry.

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