This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Houstonian Judie Kochenower and her mom Ann Clark experienced the thrill of a lifetime when they got the chance to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. prior to the AAA Texas 500.

Kochenower is a die-cast collector who was lucky enough to find a Lionel Racing Golden Ticket inside the box of her Dale Jr. Daytona 500 Win die-cast.

Dale Jr. and the folks at JR Motorsports rolled out the red carpet for Kochenower, giving her and Clark a tour of the No. 7 NASCAR Nationwide Series hauler and the opportunity to attend the Nationwide Series driver meeting.

Then on Sunday, they got their big moment with the driver of the No. 88.

Some photos from their weekend are below. And some incredible Golden Ticket prizes are still available – so be sure to check your die-cast box to see if you’re a winner! For more information, visit