For Rich Hottle, his passion for NASCAR and his love of his job as an automotive painter and body repair expert just delivered the experience of a lifetime a winning ticket in the 3M Automotive Aftermarket “Your Ticket to the Track” sweepstakes.
Hottle, who works for an automotive repair company called Lewis Auto Body in Easton, Md., and also operates his own collision repair business, will be attending the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, thanks to the specially marked gallon of 3M Platinum Plus Body Filler he purchased from his local distributor. The entry label caught his attention, and he entered the code for the contest that evening. He won an instant prize a skin for his cell phone and was entered in the VIP prize drawing. Then his cell phone delivered the news.
“I couldn’t believe it when they called,” said Hottle. “I was shocked. I’ve never been to Charlotte Motor Speedway and it’s going to be the experience of a lifetime.”
Hottle’s VIP prize package for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations, tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, NASCAR Rev’d Up VIP experience, tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, NASCAR race team shop tour, 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race tickets, VIP tour and hospitality, and a 3M Racing merchandise bag.
Hottle got his start working on cars with his family when he was 13 and turned his teenage hobby into his profession. They also built race cars for dirt track racing, which sparked his interest in NASCAR, long before it was a popular sport. Now, he and his wife have two children, Abby, 10, and Tyler, 13, who are helping him out in the garage and have become big NASCAR fans.
“I use 3M products all the time, and prefer them over any other auto body product," said Hottle. "My favorite is the 3M mask, since I wear it all day on the job. The best part of my job is seeing things put back together, like seeing a damaged car restored to its original condition.”
A devoted Earnhardt fan, Hottle goes to several races a year at tracks like Richmond and Dover, but has never been to Charlotte Motor Speedway. He also has Talladega Superspeedway on his “bucket list” for tracks to attend. And if he actually worked in NASCAR, Hottle would like to work in a race shop as a body man, building and repairing the race cars.
3M professional refinish products come with a special bonus inside a chance to win great prizes and a dream NASCAR experience in the 3M Automotive Aftermarket “Your Ticket to the Track” sweepstakes.
When 3M customers who are employees of automotive, marine or truck collision repair or restoration facilities purchase selected products specially marked with the “Your Ticket to the Track” sticker, they win instant prizes and may qualify to win one of five remaining VIP prizes including racing experiences and 3M product solutions by entering the code from the “Your Ticket to the Track” promotional sticker at 3MCollision.com.
Selected qualifying product categories include 3M Platinum Plus Filler & Glaze, Scotch Performance Masking Tape 233+, 3M PPS and Accuspray Products, 3M Abrasive Products, 3M Paint Finishing Products and 3M Worker Safety Kits.
Instant prizes include 3M sunglasses, 3M Racing backpacks, Sunoco and Best Buy gift cards, toolbox refrigerators, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion diecast cars, Goodyear tires, 3M PPS 10th anniversary polo shirts, No. 16 3M Racing hats, No. 16 3M Racing coolers as well as the 3M PPS SUN GUN Color Matching Light and 3M ELITE SERIES Random Orbital Sander.
The VIP prizes feature experiences at NASCAR events and 3M product solutions. Along with the winning body shop technician, his or her shop owner/manager, their distributor sales representative and the distributor owner/manager, and each of their guests can also attend the NASCAR event, too. Select events include:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Summer Race includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations, tickets to the race, VIP tour and a 3M Racing merchandise gift bag.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pre-Fall Race includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations, tickets to the race, VIP tour and a 3M Racing merchandise gift bag.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Fall Race includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations, tickets to the race, day at Roush Fenway Race car shop, honorary pit crew member for the day, meet and greet with Greg Biffle and Jack Roush, VIP tour and a 3M Racing merchandise gift bag including Roush Pit Crew shirt.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations, admission into NASCAR Victory Lap and NASCAR After the Lap, meet and greet with a NASCAR personality, tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony and a 3M Racing merchandise gift bag.
Also, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 3M PPS System, 10 lucky eligible winners will win 10 months of free 3M PPS products for their collision repair shop.