Victory Junction was one of the top places on my list! When we got there, it looked deserted. The gift shop was closed and the camp was behind a big set of locked gates. I was so disappointed. My mom called to see if they would be open another day, but I would never guessed what happened next. Instead of coming back another day, one of the volunteers met us to take us the gift shop inside the gates! On the way in, I got to see the different sections of the camp – many donated by some of my favorite drivers. When we were visiting the Gift Shop, I told the volunteers that I had donated some money to the Camp as part of a school project and my project had even made it in the Victory Junction newsletter! He picked up the phone and next things I knew I was riding back to the parking lot in the pink truck that Taylor Swift gave to Victory Junction!
Our visit to Charlotte couldn’t be complete without a trip to Hendrick Motorsports! When I was there, Dale Jr and Mark Martin shared one shop while Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon shared the other. When I say shop I don’t mean the kind people have in their backyards! These buildings were clean and shiny with car after car lined up with people preparing them for the racetrack! Each building also showcased trophies that the teams had won and each driver’s show car. The gift shop had everything NASCAR you could imagine! We got lucky and got to watch one of the pit crew practices. We were the only people out there so when they finished practicing they let me get in the car! They even started the car for me and the roar of the engine was music to my ears! The racecar they were practicing with was one of Mark Martin’s that he actually drove in a race!
We took our trip in 2010 which was the same year Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500. (I was at that race!) When we went to Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Jamie McMurray’s show car greeted us as we entered the lobby and right beside it was a Daytona 500 trophy! It was neat to be able to stand next to car that took the checkered at my first Daytona 500 race!
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