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ajwest92
05-04-2011, 03:58 AM
Last Friday, I found out that the Menard's in Columbus, OH was having their grand opening. They was having the usual suspects (local MLB and Ohio State FB heroes) and the NASCAR/ARCA guys for the week's events.

Earlier this year, I found out that three drivers were to be there for the signing Tuesday: Frank Kimmel, Matt Crafton, and Paul Menard...no big deal, I got Menard and Crafton in '07 at the Sidney, OH grand opening. PASS. Then, after finding out that Menard was to be at Indy for the Goodyear test this week, they had to replace Paul with someone in the RCR stable. How about the bossman?

Here is the best pic I could get of the three. Notice they put Richard in the middle making it tough for people to get a picture with him.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/Public%20appearances%20pics/MenardsgrandopeninginColumbus006.jpg

From left to right: Matt Crafton, Richard Childress, Frank Kimmel

Naturally, Lauren came along with me and got the same items I did other than Childress.

Signed hero cards of Kimmel, Crafton, and Menard. Even though Paul could not make the event, they did have a healthy stack of signed hero cards of him to give out to the attendees.

As for Childress, Lauren got a '08 VIP card signed of him. When I took inventory at home, I saw that the "ss" in Childress was smeared on the card. Lauren didn't care...she was happy to have a new autograph. But if I saw it there, I would've ask for a signed hero card of Richard for her. Ah, well...

For me, I got this...

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/autographed%20die%20casts/MenardsgrandopeninginColumbus007.jpg

1999 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench/Wrangler. First diecast signed by the car owner not the driver.

Not a bad day in all...thanks for looking, Alex

Ripken8fan55
05-04-2011, 04:58 AM
Sweet Alex!! Congrats!

bouncer
05-04-2011, 07:21 AM
very nice.

INTIMADATOR2007
05-04-2011, 08:16 AM
That's awesome !

mdclapps
05-04-2011, 04:19 PM
Nice story and congrats!

wrigleyfield
05-04-2011, 06:23 PM
Cool stuff man!

race crazy
05-04-2011, 07:09 PM
very cool

3dalesrfan3
05-04-2011, 10:44 PM
That is awesome!
Congrats on meeting him.

Pmurdick25
05-05-2011, 10:40 AM
Nice Childress!