David Lay graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technolgy in 1992 with a passion to work in the automotive business. About 10 years later, Lay opened a Sooner Automotive store which then later became a NAPA AutoCare Center in 2004. In addition to becoming a NAPA AutoCare Center store owner, he recently opened a bumper manufacturing business for speciality application in Kansas. In his spare time, Lay enjoys spenting time with his family and his first grandchild. He also likes to fish and hunt on his days off.
This weekend, Lay was able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Chase Elliott and the NAPA Racing team. Lay began his day with a shooting event alongside Elliott and other NAPA guests just 20 minutes from the speedway at Powder Creek Range. Then, it was time to gear up and take a behind-the-scenes look at the NAPA Racing program. Lay was able to take a tour of the NAPA hauler and have a private question-and-answer session with Elliott prior to the driver’s meeting. Once the driver’s meeting was complete, Lay stood with the team for pre-race ceremonies on the grid and hopped atop the pit box to watch the race alongside NAPA crew chief Alan Gustafson. The excitement only continued as Lay observed Elliott race his way to the driver’s seventh top-10 finish of the year.
What was your favorite part of the day?
“The whole day was great. I was just blown away by the chance to sit on top of the pit box. It was a neat experience. Seeing my name on the car was pretty cool too.”
What did you enjoy most about meeting Elliott?
“I was just really impressed by how nice Chase was at the shooting event. That was a lot of fun.”