When the tire smoke cleared and the final results were tallied, Gary Boesel, owner of CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road in Denver, CO, took home the top honors with a fast time of 153.87 in the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500, outpacing representatives from top collision repair companies and industry partners.
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, put its effort to provide collision repair education opportunities for military members into high gear this year, hosting the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This year’s program raised more than $150,000 for the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which provides scholarships and tool grants for military members who want to enter the collision repair industry. All donations for the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 went to the 3M Hire Our Heroes scholarship fund.
“That was one of the most incredible experiences in my life,” said Boesel, who competed in drag racing as a young adult. “To have my family here and take home the trophy is amazing. Then to have Richard Petty present it to me is unbelievable. What an honor to race for the team at CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road and represent the CARSTAR brand.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 30 during the 2018 SEMA Show, representatives from top MSO and independent collision repair companies’ industry partners competed in NASCAR stock cars from the NASCAR Racing Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for bragging rights as the fastest collision repair professional in the industry. Legendary automotive designer Chip Foose waved the green flag for the field. The winner was presented the race trophy by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richard Petty on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division outside booth at SEMA.
Companies that competed in the race included CARSTAR, Gerber Collision & Glass, Auto Body Evolution, Lindsay Collision Centers, Brandywine Coach Works, Skeeter’s Body Shop, Caliber Collision, Fix Auto, Berkshire HathawayAutomotive/English Color and Supply, Certified Collision Group, CARSTAR Jordon Road/CARSTAR Alpine, GarmatUSA and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Each participant generously donated to have a car in the field. All proceeds benefit the 3M Hire Our Heroes program.