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Skeeter: a nickname born

Let me tell you about my boy, Skeeter. I’ve worked with Skeeter for over two years, and he is one of the “good people.” Of course, his name isn’t really Skeeter, but that’s the nickname I gave him a couple of years ago.

Skeeter’s a big NASCAR fan… probably the biggest NASCAR fan I’ve ever known. That is no small feat; I grew up in eastern North Carolina, a pretty racin’-friendly area. If he could have a dream job, he’d be involved in NASCAR, in some way or another.

Here’s the thing, though. Skeeter’s about 6-3, when the average NASCAR driver is about a foot shorter than that. So, if he actually wanted to get involved, my advice was to become a crew chief. You know… wear the goofy headphones, say things like “attaboy!” when your driver makes a move, and talk to the pit reporter using phrases like “It’s getting a little loose in turn 3” and “We’re going to hammer down the axle springs to try to get some low-end torque in third gear.” (That second one may or may not make sense).

And here’s a fun fact: almost every crew chief has a cool name like Scooter, Hootie and so forth. Skeeter’s fave, the irascible (yeah, it’s a word) Tony Stewart, won the 2005 Nextel Cup on Sunday. His crew chief? Zippy.

“Skeeter,” then, just seemed like a natural fit. If there was anyone who would ever make the leap from a salesman to a crew chief, it would be Skeeter. The boy comes into my office on most Mondays and tries to explain the intricacies of the sport. All the while, I make smart-ass comments like, “What would happen if they turn right?” or “That’s pretty cool and all, but do they have to drive so cotton-pickin’ fast?” He is determined to turn me into a NASCAR fan. But unless Dick Trickle Jr. shows up driving the Hostess Twinkies car (mmmm… Twinkies), I ain’t changing.

I did get a chance one day to surprise Skeeter, NASCAR-style. At a tradeshow, I attended a hospitality event featuring Casey Mears, driver of the Target-sponsored Dodge #41 car. I talked to Casey (a great guy, by the way) for a while, and he agreed to call Skeeter and leave him a voice mail.

Well, let’s just say that the entire company heard that voice mail the next day. Excited? Oh yeah. So, it was worth it. You hang a name like “Skeeter” on somebody, they deserve something good. Of course, “Skeeter” isn’t the only nickname he’s received. But more on that later…

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  1. backdorr
    November 23, 2005 at 3:42 am

    Skeeter claims to bleed #20 tried and true but we all know what a bandwagon fan looks like. I think it is finally time for Skeeter to come out of the closet and profess his love for Jeff Gordon. Come on now Skeet, you can’t hide who you are. You aren’t fooling anybody.

  2. Friends of Skeeter
    November 29, 2005 at 10:01 pm

    We all know Skeeter loves Tony more then his folks!

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