KANSAS CITY, Kan. – NAPA AUTO PARTS recognized Les Foster for its Honorary Pit Crew Member (HPCM) program at the Kansas Speedway during the STP 400 on Sunday.
Foster received the honor from the NAPA Kansas City Distribution Center. He owns two Big O Tire stores plus a third shop. He is a huge supporter of the new NAPA AUTO PARTS store in Gardner, Kan.
“We lost our NAPA store three years ago so I had to go to other auto parts stores. They just didn’t stack up to NAPA,” said Foster. “I was relieved when the Gardner store opened up. They have the parts I need at a fair price and great warranties. I am back to using NAPA as much as I can.”
As part of the HPCM program, Foster brought a guest, his son Dakota. They were surprised to see Foster’s name decaled on the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota during the garage and pit tour.
“I had absolutely no idea my name was going to be on the car,” added Foster. “What a huge surprise and a real honor. A long time ago, I used to go to the NASCAR races. I supplied products to Cale Yarborough’s team. Times have really changed and I appreciate the chance for my son to see this. He races go-karts. I appreciate the chance to bring him here and see this kind of racing at the level NASCAR is.”
Before the race, they took part in a private meet and greet with driver Martin Truex Jr. Foster became an official member of the team for the day by receiving a crew shirt. From there, he and his son enjoyed lunch with the NAPA KNOW HOW crew, participated in pre-race festivities and watched Truex dominate the race en route to a second-place finish on the NAPA pit box with crew chief Chad Johnston.
This season NAPA is hosting its popular Honorary Pit Crew Program at all of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The HPCM(s) are chosen based on different criteria determined by the NAPA management from the region that hosts the race.