Winners See Bristol’s Fireworks, Fast Action with the 3M “Your Ticket to the Track” SweepstakesBy Official Release
Takes Them to Bristol Motor Speedway
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Turns 3M Automotive Aftermarket Customers into Avid NASCAR Fans
ST. PAUL, MN (August 27, 2012) – Standing in the drivers’ meeting just steps from her favorite driver, Malissa Babbitt, office coordinator for the Hendrick Collision Center in Cary, NC, thought she might faint. Pete Gresock, the body shop manager there who watches racing on television and attends at least one race a year, looked around with awe from inside the transporter of Greg Biffle’s No. 16 3M Ford Fusion team – in the middle of the Bristol Motor Speedway garage.
Those once-in-a-lifetime experiences were seconded by all of the guests who attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race™ as part of Babbitt registering the winning ticket in the 3M Automotive Aftermarket “Your Ticket to the Track” Sweepstakes. Babbitt and Gresock were joined by body shop technician Brian Flannery and estimator Brett Batchelor from Hendrick Collision Center, along with representatives from local distributor NCS. The group toured the garage and pit road, traded stories with the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion pit crew and met Greg Biffle along with Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush. They participated in pre-race festivities on pit road and watched the opening laps in Greg Biffle’s pit.
Babbitt and Pete Gresock won the second of five grand prize experiences 3M “Your Ticket to the Track” sweepstakes thanks to a specially marked gallon of 3M™ Platinum™ Plus Body Filler he purchased from his local distributor, NCS. Babbitt insisted that team members register every 3M product carrying the contest labels even though Gresock thought the odds were too great to win.
The VIP prize package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race™ included round-trip transportation and hotel accommodations, NASCAR IRWIN Tools Night Race™ tickets, VIP tour and hospitality and a 3M™ Racing merchandise bag.
“3M came in and they told us about this new promotion they had—the stickers inside the sandpaper boxes—so we all got excited about because we knew we always buy a lot of 3M products,” said Gresock. “So I thought, what the heck, we might as well try. But I really didn’t think we were going to win. And Melissa, my assistant, she’s diligent about everything. If anybody can get it done, she can get it done. So I asked her to help with entering in all these contest labels.”
Babbitt tackled the project with pride, and won a number of instant prizes such as sunglasses, racing hats, cups and other racing merchandise along the way.
“I entered in all of the codes that were found in all of the products — 3M™ Platinum™ Plus Filler & Glaze and everything like that — and then I got the call that we won,” said Babbitt.
Gresock didn’t really think they had a chance of winning a VIP prize.
“We really thought we would win some instant prizes and that would be the end of it,” he said. “It was just fun entering in. And it kind of made everybody get excited every time we opened a 3M product. It was like, wow, is there going to be a label in there? So then, when we got the call, I thought they were teasing us. But no, they were serious, and we won the trip to Bristol. So, we were excited about it. It was a great thrill. I’ve been to races before, but not at this level. So this is really, really intense and exciting. And for Melissa and some of the other members from our shop, this is their first race. So I don’t think you can get much bigger than this. This is pretty cool. It’s been a really, really neat experience. ”
For Babbitt, the day at the track was full of unexpected adventures and experiences.
“Being at the track has been awesome,” she added. “It’s my first race ever. I’ve seen a lot of cool people, a lot of cool things, and the experience has been absolutely phenomenal!”
“We really thank everybody from 3M for the opportunity, and we wish anybody out there that gets to see this, start entering your contest labels,” advised Gresock, who texted his friends in collision repair from the track to encourage them to participate. “There are two more events left and you’ve got to get going if you want to win.”
The 3M “Your Ticket to the Track” Sweepstakes Has Lots of Great Prizes Remaining
There are great prizes remaining for qualified entrants, including:
· 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 & greet with a NASCAR® personality, tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Awards Ceremony™ and a 3M™ Racing merchandise gift bag.
Additionally, 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!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS INSTANT WIN SWEEPSTAKES OR DRAWING. Open only to legal residents of the U.S. Continental 48 and D.C., age 18 or older (19+ in AL and NE) at the time of entry who meet stated eligibility requirements. Void where prohibited. Instant Win Sweepstakes begins 12:01 a.m. (CT) on 2-1-12 and ends 11:59 p.m. (CT) on 12/31/2012. Subject to the full Official Rules at 3MCollision.com.
For more information and specific product part numbers, see official rules at 3MCollision.com.
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