LOUDEN - A Rochester man who got to meet star NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace during the Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend said it was "an experience of a lifetime I will never forget."
Keith McGlauflin, a self-proclaimed NASCAR super fan who has scores of NASCAR memorabilia, has a lot more now than he did last week, including a T-shirt with 25 Crayon 301 drivers' signatures.
McGlauflin, who grew up in Rochester and attended Spaulding High, got the VIP treatment after winning a contest on Facebook last week put on by a collaboration of 23XI, the racing outfit that boasts drivers like Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick; the New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings.
Winning the contest allowed McGlauflin and his son, Michael to enjoy the ultimate behind-the-scenes NASCAR experience in advance of and during the Crayon 301 that was held on Monday due to heavy rains the day before.
Keith McGlauflin said the best part came during the race as he and his son got to sit above the pit box.
"We were actually above the pit box where the crew chief sits," he told The Rochester Voice today. "We had the headphones and could listen to all the stuff being said on the team's radio.
Other highlights of the weekend were being called up to the VIP stage on Sunday and given VIP passes that allowed them grid access as well as getting tons of mementos and memorabilia from Wallace and Reddick
"Bubba said he'd sign anything we bring him," McGlauflin said. "He signed six cards for me and my son and our shirts. So did Tyler Reddick. We also got pictures with them. But the best thing was my birthday was July 12, and for my birthday present Bubba gave me an autographed pair of his driving gloves.
In addition to meeting Wallace, McGlauflin and his son got a private tour of the infield, 23XI hauler and garage.
McGlauflin was chosen at random from a pool of more than 340 submissions to a contest posted on the New Hampshire Lottery's Facebook page last week.
"Meeting Bubba Wallace, touring the garage and watching the race from the pit box? That definitely sounds like the ultimate fan experience," said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery. "We are extremely happy for Keith and his son Michael, as we team up with DraftKings and Bubba Wallace to make a NASCAR fan's dream come true."