Bette Paquet, the Grand Prize Winner in the Dale Jr. Ride of Your Life
Sweepstakes,  named her cat “Junior” after her favorite driver.

Meet Bette Paquet – the grand prize winner in our Dale Jr. Ride of Your Life! Sweepstakes!

When Dale
Earnhardt Jr. powered the No. 3 Wrangler car to victory at Daytona, Paquet was crying “happy tears” in the stands.
And on Monday,
October 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Paquet may cry tears of joy again when
one of her longtime dreams comes true.
Lionel NASCAR
Collectables and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA) recently
announced that Paquet is the grand prize winner in the “Dale Jr. Ride of Your
Life Sweepstakes”. As part of the prize, Paquet will ride shotgun with
Earnhardt for three laps around the mile-and-a-half track as part of The Dale
Jr. Foundation’s ride-along program.
“To meet and
greet Dale Earnhardt Jr. is beyond my wildest dreams!” said the 65-year-old
grandmother of four. “I have loved that boy ever since he started in the sport
and I can’t believe he’s going to drive ME around the track.”
Paquet, who lives
in Franklin, New Hampshire, works as a merchandise coordinator for T.J. Maxx.
She’s such a loyal Earnhardt fan, that she named her cat Junior after her
favorite driver.
“I can’t express
our love of the sport. I love the smell, sounds and all that is part of
NASCAR,” said Paquet. “And I love Dale Jr.’s attitude and his demeanor and I
love his success this year.”
As the grand
prize winner, Paquet will receive:
–       
Three
laps around the track with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway on
October 15
–       
Dale
Jr. autographed exclusive skeleton gloves
–       
Two
tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series™ race on October 12 with VIP area tour
prior to race
–       
Two
tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race on October 13
–       
Question
and Answer session with Dale Jr., followed by autograph and photograph
opportunity
–       
Food
and beverage at the Ride Along event
–       
One
room, three-night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites
–       
Two
tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame™
–       
DVD
of this once-in-a-lifetime experience
–       
VIP
Swag Bag
Paquet
will also be made a lifetime member of the Racing Collectables Club of America
(RCCA) and receive a set of Dale Earnhardt Jr. ELITE die-cast, courtesy of
Lionel NASCAR Collectables and RCCA.
“For fans of Dale
Jr., this is the ultimate prize and I congratulate Bette on being the big
winner,” said Thomas DeBoyace, Director of RCCA. “I can’t wait to meet her and
to watch her meet Dale Jr. Only RCCA can deliver this type of memorable
experience to fans like Bette.”
More than 36
thousand entries were submitted for the Dale Jr. “Ride of Your Life”
Sweepstakes which was launched on July 18. In addition to the grand prize,
eight entrants also won weekly prizes during the contest. The entry deadline
for the sweepstakes was September 14, 2012.