As of 2015, Eric Driggers is a NAPA AutoCare center owner in South Carolina. He decided to open his own shop after working for a NAPA truck service center prior to that. Driggers isn’t a stranger to the racing community. He has attended a race at Darlington before and additionally has drag raced a diesel truck and has competed in go karts. He has always been a loyal NAPA customer and is passing that tradition on to his 5-year-old step son, Wesley. Due to his brand loyalty, Driggers was able to bring Wesley out to NASCAR’s prestigious Southern 500 race weekend along with Driggers’ wife.
Driggers’ name was featured on the quarter panels of Chase Elliott’s No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Assurance of Quality Chevrolet SS as a part of the Honorary Pit Crew Member program to thank Driggers for his dedication to the NAPA brand. Driggers started his day off by meeting Elliott in the NAPA hauler followed by an exclusive tour of the hauler and garage area. Then, Driggers and his family were able to walk the red carpet to the driver’s meeting. Later in the day, they spent some one-on-one time with NAPA crew chief Alan Gustafson before standing with the team for the pre-race festivities. Once it was time for engines to fire, Driggers and his wife climbed atop the NAPA pit box to watch the race alongside Gustafson and the NAPA engineers. The excitement continued as he watched Elliott contend for the lead and ultimately finish 10th.
How was your experience as NAPA’s Honorary Pit Crew Member?
"This was a great experience. I’ve been out before, but this was even better. We were able to bring Wesley – which will be such a neat memory for him to have. Seeing my name on the car had to be a highlight."