New Castle woman hits jackpot at NASCAR race
NEW CASTLE – Donna and Richard Musgrave had to change their 40th wedding anniversary plans this year thanks to the driving of NASCAR drivers Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon.Meeting the pair of NASCAR drivers was a highlight for Donna.”Yeah, really cool,” she said.The Musgraves usually head over to Black Hawk for their July 5 anniversary, but when Donna won an all-expenses paid trip for her and Richard to Chicago to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, they had to cancel their annual trip.Donna didn’t even know what the prize was when she entered LifeLock’s Lock in 2 Win sweepstakes. But when she found out that she won, it didn’t matter what the prize was.”I called my husband and said, ‘Well, we are going to have to cancel our trip to Black Hawk this year.”Richard’s response was, “Why?””I said, ‘Because I’m taking you to Chicago instead,” Donna said.Donna, 60, who became a NASCAR fan only about five years ago, chose Martin and Gordon to finish first and second, in the LifeLock Million Dollar Sweepstakes, at the LifeLock 400 race at Michigan International Speedway on June 14.”Everything you could think of, I got to do,” Donna said.They arrived in Chicago on Thursday, one day after Richard’s 70th birthday. Donna got to ride in the pace car, she was able to attend the driver’s meeting and even got a “pit pass” to enter the pits and the garage area. She also got to take a ride with the (Richard) Petty Driving Experience where she zoomed around the Chicagoland Speedway at 165 mph – in the passenger seat of course.The Musgraves watched the race in luxury in an air-conditioned suite, 150 feet above the track.It was an experience of a lifetime, and Donna wasn’t even out of second gear.As unlikely as it seemed, if Martin and Gordon could finish the race in first and second place again, Donna would win $1 million. As they left the suite, Martin was positioned in first place, Donna said, but Gordon was in 14th.With 40 laps to go, LifeLock CEO Todd Davis took the Musgraves down to victory lane to watch the race play out. By the time they reached victory lane, Martin remained the leader and Gordon moved up to eighth place.”We are standing in the bleachers and Todd Davis is jumping up and down on the bleachers saying, ‘I think you’ve got a shot,'” Donna said.Kyle Busch’s engine blew with seven laps to go which brought out the race’s seventh caution flag. As the final lap came down, Martin was in first again, with Gordon following close behind.”They came in one and two, the same order they came in at Michigan,” Donna said. “And it was just chaos.”Everybody was screaming, jumping, crying, she had said. She just won $1 million. Victory lane was hers.”It was almost like we were taking away the victory from Mark Martin,” she said.Davis grabbed the couple and appropriately ushered them over to victory lane. The Musgraves stood in victory lane and got sprayed with Gatorade, along with all the pit crew and the drivers. Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon even came over and congratulated the Musgraves on winning the contest.”Just getting sprayed with Gatorade was so exciting,” Donna confessed.It was the experience of a lifetime.”It’s been an experience,” Donna said. “I love NASCAR, and I thought I would never do anything like that.”Donna said that while the experience is a life-changing one, she and Richard have no plans to change their life, and will likely use the money for retirement.She said that she is going to continue working her job at the Kum and Go convenience store in Silt. Richard plans to continue working his job with Master Petroleum.”We are average working people, we are both going to continue working,” Donna said. “It would be nice to be able to take a day off when we want to, and we probably will.”email@example.com
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