Racing fans wait for hours to meet their favorite drivers
PADUCAH, KY -- Hundreds of fans waited in line at Paducah International Raceway in order to get a chance to meet several familiar faces to most NASCAR fans. Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, and Ken Schrader were each on hand to sign autographs for fans who attended PIR's NASCAR Night.
"Fifteen years I have invested into Tony Stewart stuff and today I finally get to meet him," Regina Oliver said.
Oliver arrived at the track nearly 7 hours before the gates even opened.
"If I would've had a tent I would've used that," she said. "I would've even slept in my truck."
While fans like Oliver waited on the autograph session to begin, Michael Waltrip took time to talk to each fan.
"It makes you feel honored that people care enough to want to say hello to you," Waltrip said. "I try to treat everyone of them like they are special and like I am happy to see them, and I genuinely am."
"It was well worth the wait," Oliver said. "Michael Waltrip came over to talk to us and it made the day so much better."
Oliver did get Tony Stewart's autograph just as she wanted. He signed her arm, and for a very good reason.
"I'm actually going to get it tattooed on there," Oliver said. "Seeing him in person when he signed it, I just new it was what I needed to do."