Alliance Parts contest winners get chance on NASCAR tracks

Three truckers and a team bus driver have won individual $500 awards to drive a Richard Petty car on a race course or ride in a NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor. The contest was part of Alliance Parts’ promotion of its 2009 website redesign.

Winners include Pat Collins of Brenham, Texas; Reggie Craven of Toast, N.C.; Jerry Montague of Alton, Ill.; and Dean O’Ferrell, Jr. of Theodore, Ala.

Collins, previously a driver and fleet manager for Blue Bell Creameries, now serves as purchasing agent for the 103 year-old company. The creamery recently added 20 medium duty and ten Columbia Freightliner trucks to its 800 truck fleet. Collins, who says he always enters and never before has won a contest, is looking forward to enjoying a rookie driving experience at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Craven, a commercial driver for more than 30 years, has been hauling furniture on the West Coast for MGM Transport the past eight years. He plans to use his prize to drive a professional race car on the NASCAR track in Charlotte, N.C.

Montague, who’s the athletic director at Marquette Catholic High School, drives small team buses for the 250-student school. He did a Richard Petty drive-along a few years ago and ever since has wanted to drive the course himself. He’ll get his chance July Fourth when he visits his daughter in Orlando.

O’Ferrell is president of 18-year old O’Ferrell Rebar, a structural steel fabricator with a fleet of seven trucks that includes two Freightliners. Based in the Mobile, Ala., metropolitan region, O’Ferrell says he has yet to decide on where he’ll use his gift certificate, but he knows he wants to drive on a NASCAR track.

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