Korey Righter is a service manager of The Parts Place NAPA AUTO PARTS store in Michigan. When Righter is not working as a service manager providing prompt and courteous service to retail and wholesale customers, he is racing. Righter and his father, Greg, race tantrum mud trucks. They work as a team as Righter is the driver and his father is the technician and pit crew.
Sunday, Righter was thrilled to be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Chase Elliott and the NAPA Racing team. Righter, a new NASCAR fan, began his day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the NAPA hauler alongside fellow HPCM Dearn Morse before heading over to Elliott’s coach for a private meet and greet where Righter spent quality time with the young driver. The group chatted with Elliott about the upcoming race and Elliott’s impressive season thus far while also taking time to pose for a photograph together. After spending time with Elliott, Righter then headed to pit road for pre-race festivities. He was able to climb atop the NAPA pit box in the Irish Hills alongside NAPA crew chief Alan Gustafson and the Hendrick Motorsports engineers. The excitement only continued as Righter observed Elliott race his way to the driver’s career-best finish, a second-place result.
How did you like your experience today and what was your favorite part?
“I had never been to a race and really never paid attention to it before today. It's amazing to me how much goes into preparing the cars from a technical standpoint. I race mud cars in Michigan and this is much different from that. I really enjoyed being able to watch some of the race from the pit box today.”