CONCORD, N.C. – Daniel Yurko of Indian Trail, N.C. was selected by NAPA to be the Honorary Pit Crew Member for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Yurko was joined by his friend Jim Holloman to participate in NAPA’s new program for valued customers and clients at select NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
“This has been the perfect day for me and any race fan for that matter,” said Yurko, a resident of Indian Trail which is just 25 miles from Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “It’s a shame Michael didn’t make it into the All-Star race, but he made up a lot of ground in such a short race. This has been absolutely unbelievable.”
Yurko, who started working at age 14 in a body shop has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. He likes the industry as it is ever-changing and never stagnant. Currently, he is the district manager for Bridgestone Firestone in Charlotte. It employs about 190 people and uses NAPA AUTO PARTS.
“The quality of the part is extremely important in my business. I could call on all the competitors, but the turnaround has never been very good. If there is ever a warranty issue, NAPA takes care of it without question and NAPA’s support is always there for me. By using NAPA AUTO PARTS, we fix it right the first time. Once and done and the job is finished.”
Yurko took full advantage of his experience at Lowe’s Motor Speedway by picking up his NASCAR Sprint Cup garage pass on Friday, a day early. He enjoyed two days in the garage and watched all the practices and the unique All-Star qualifying session that included a pit stop. Then on Saturday, Yurko took in the NAPA Race Day Experience where he met NAPA driver Michael Waltrip and joined the two-time Daytona 500 champion in front of a packed house of guests to receive an official NAPA AUTO PARTS crew shirt. From there, Yurko toured the NAPA hauler, ate dinner with the crew and participated in driver introductions. Yurko took plenty of photos including one with Waltrip by his very own decal located on the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
“I had no idea that my name was going to be on the car,” added Yurko, who has two children -- daughter Megan is 16 years old and Daniel Jr. is four. “The decal didn’t cost me anything as it normally does for sponsors. That has to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I can’t believe it.”
Yurko watched Waltrip race the 40-lap Sprint Showdown from atop the NAPA AUTO PARTS pit box with crew chief Robert “Bootie” Barker. His evening concluded after watching the Sprint All-Star Race from inside the NAPA suite.
This season at 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup events where NAPA is hosting its popular Race Day Experience, a guest will be chosen based on different criteria determined by the NAPA management from that region. The Honorary Pit Crew Member program will take place at upcoming hospitality events at Dover International Speedway (May 31), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (June 28), Chicagoland Speedway (July 11), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 26), Watkins Glen International (August 9), Michigan International Speedway (August 16), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 22), Atlanta Motor Speedway (September 6), Richmond International Raceway (September 12), Kansas Speedway (October 4), Texas Motor Speedway (November 8) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 22).