NASCAR & Auto Racing

New race fan suddenly finds herself rooting for Childress drivers

Nikki Kelly, a mother of four from San Antonio who only recently became a NASCAR fan, suddenly finds herself a huge fan of Richard Childress Racing.

She is the winner of the Dickies Race for the Riches promotion, which means she’ll attend the Dickies 500 on Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway and have the chance to win a $500,000 prize.

After meeting Childress and his drivers – Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer – at the track, Kelly will pick one of the Nextel Cup stars as her entry in the race. If that driver wins the race, she wins the money.

“I just can’t wait to see a race live and meet the folks from Richard Childress Racing,” Kelly said. “It’s all so exciting. Winning the $500,000 would be amazing.

“The kids tell me we are getting a boat, but I think that money would be better invested in their college funds.”

Her children range in age from 9 to 14 and Kelly will get a nice little vacation from them on race weekend, making the trip to Fort Worth with her sister, Lori.

Participants entered the Dickies promotion online, beginning May 1, and the winner was chosen randomly on Sept. 5. It’s the third year of the giveaway.