There are few honorary positions at a race more thrilling than waving the green flag to begin the event. Long-time NASCAR fan Steven Weber of Catharpin, Virginia, will do just that this Thursday night, at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown presented by FedEx at Richmond International Raceway.
Weber, who has been attending races at Richmond International Raceway for 10 years, was automatically entered in the contest when he purchased tickets to the race, which is a fundraiser for the Denny Hamlin Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
In addition to flag waving duties, Weber and his friend Robert Bell will watch the race from a suite with other contest winners who will have a chance to meet NASCAR drivers, including Denny Hamlin, prior to the race.
“I am thrilled and shocked,” said Weber. “I didn’t know what to think at first…My friend Robert, who attends all the races with me, is also excited. He will have an opportunity to meet Denny Hamlin. I’m a Tony Stewart fan – I like his passion for racing and he says what’s on his mind.”