A Honeymoon At Hendrick

A honeymoon trip from Ohio to Daytona Beach took a turn for the worse this week when Scott and Angie Bauman’s car broke down on the way. That was the beginning of a story the two of them will tell the rest of their lives.

The Bauman’s car started having troubles in Virginia, but the two race fans figured they’d try to make it to Charlotte, get it fixed, pick up a rental, and take a tour of some race shops while in town.

The car did make it to Charlotte, barely, so they went on with their plan of getting a rental and visiting race shops while their car was being fixed.

As luck would have it, one of the shops they wanted to see was Hendrick Motorsports. When they arrived, they saw buses carrying 230 journalists on the UAW-GM Media Tour rolling into the Harrisburg complex at the same time.

After the reporters had done their interviews and people were milling around – including Terry Labonte, Rick Hendrick and Jerry Nadeau – the Baumans got an interesting invitation.

“One of the guys from Lowe’s Motor Speedway came up and was talking to us, and he was like, ‘Come on and follow us on the Media Tour,’” Angie said. “We decided what the heck. We knew we were going to stop here in Charlotte, but we didn’t know we were going to get to do everything that we’ve done.”

“He told us, ‘Just act like you guys are with the media and be in on this,” Scott added. “It’s overwhelming. It’s just so amazing to get the chance to walk up to all these cars and see some of the things on them. To us, it’s always seemed like the cars were a million miles away.”

Not only did they manage to stop Labonte for a couple of autographs and a picture, they received another surprise.

“I asked Rick Hendrick where I could get a City Chevrolet license plate because I’m a huge fan of ‘Days of Thunder,’” Scott said in reference to the movie starring Tom Cruise. “He told me to walk outside and look on the front of his Suburban, and that if one was on there, to take it off and I could have it. Then he told me to bring it back in and he’d autograph it for us. So I walked outside and unscrewed the plate off with a dime.”

“He got the license plate off Rick Hendrick’s truck,” Angie said. “Can you believe that?”

The newly-married couple couldn’t help but feel a little bit closer to the sport at the end of night – after being invited to the Media Tour nightcap at Joe Gibbs Racing where they got to meet 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte and his teammate Tony Stewart.

While the Media Tour will continue until Friday afternoon, it will do so without the Baumans. The couple - new alternator, license plate and all – is headed farther south. They will no doubt have something to talk about along the way… and for many years to come.

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