BRISTOL, Tenn. –Jimmy Mott took in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at one of the most popular venues on the NASCAR circuit – Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s one of the hottest tickets in the sport and Mott not only had a ticket to see the race but he got to experience it like no one else. That’s because he was selected by NAPA to be its Honorary Pit Crew Member for the event.
Mott, of Cookeville, Tenn., is a valued customer of NAPA and owns J & S Auto Repair, a NAPA AutoCare Center. The business employs four people and has been a partner of NAPA for over five years.
“In my opinion, the key to a successful business is to work hard and just be honest with your customers.”
Mott enjoys running the office as well as working on cars. During the weekends, he and his wife Stacey enjoy watching NASCAR races on television. They’ve been to Bristol before, but at the dragstrip which is adjacent to the half-mile bullring. Saturday night was their first chance to see a NASCAR race up close and personal.
“This has been an unbelievable experience,” remarked Mott. “I hope we are starting a new trend by coming to NASCAR races on a regular basis. I appreciate NAPA for allowing us to come here and be a part of such a neat deal.”
The Motts’ day started early as they visited the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage as soon as it opened. They were met by Michael Waltrip Racing’s Rick Wainright where they visited the team’s pit area and watched the crew work on the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. From there, they toured the garage area and then headed out to the NAPA Race Day Experience. At the hospitality event, Mott received an autographed NAPA AUTO PARTS crew shirt from NAPA driver Michael Waltrip and helped the two-time Daytona 500 champion give away a helmet to one lucky guest during a drawing. To top it all off, the Motts’ participated in Bristol’s exciting pre-race activities with the team and posed for a photo with Waltrip by a decal that saluted the Cookeville shop owner as the Honorary Pit Crew Member. The decal was on the c-post of the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. The Motts’ evening ended by watching the Sharpie 500 from on top of the NAPA pit box with crew chief Bootie Barker.
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 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).