LOUDON, N.H. – John Spring has attended races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the past 10 years. On Sunday, he got to participate in the ultimate experience for a race fan. He became a member of the NAPA Know How crew during the Sprint Cup race. Spring received the distinguished Honorary Pit Crew Member Award from the Eastern Division of NAPA.
Spring has been in the auto industry since graduating from high school. He started out delivering parts and worked his way up through the ranks. For 18 years, he served as a service writer for new car dealerships. It was in that position where he honed his skills at selling NAPA AUTO PARTS. Heís continued his NAPA brand loyalty at Carterís Auto Service where heís the service manager. Carterís Auto Service is a full-service automotive repair shop owned and operated by Doug Carter in Gorham, Maine.
Recognized as a NAPA AutoCare Center, the facility has over 140 years of combined experience in the automotive industry and employs six full-time technicians.
“Itís a pretty awesome gig,” Spring boasts.
Spring and his owner are staunch believers in NAPA and have put a NAPA AUTO PARTS store right in the building.
“What I like about NAPA is their parts availability,” he explained. “The quality and the lifetime warranty on most of the hard parts we use are real solid features to my customers. For the guarantee, they are not that much more money than the regular parts that only come with a one or two year warranty. Itís very easy for me to up sell to the lifetime warranty.”
Spring arrived at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and was invited to join Martin Truex Jr. at his appearance at the NAPA Race Day Experience. The driver of the No. 56 NAPA Toyota made it official by presenting his special guest with a team crew shirt. Spring was then escorted to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area where he got a personal tour of the NAPA team hauler and pit road by Michael Waltrip Racingís Rick Wainright. He joined the NAPA team for lunch and then participated in the pre-race activities. His name also adorned the lower quarter panels of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driven by Truex in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
“This whole experience has been absolutely awesome,” beamed Spring. “Iíve been in the garage several times thanks to NAPA. They do a lot of great things for their customers. Iíve been to Texas and Bristol too, but I have never been through the team trailers or even got the chance to eat lunch with the team. All of this has been really cool. I canít believe my name is on the car. Thatís unbelievable!”
For the second year in a row at 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 is taking place at upcoming hospitality events at Chicagoland Speedway (July 10), Watkins Glen International (Aug. 8), Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 15), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 21), Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sept. 5), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 11), Dover International Speedway (Sept. 26), Kansas Speedway (Oct. 3), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 21).