Jack Welch has been selected by Atlanta Motor Speedway to serve as the Chief Lighting Officer for the Speedway's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sept. 6.
Ending a six-week search that sought an electric personality to "flip the switch" turning on the lights before Atlanta's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, Welch was picked from more than 750 entrants.
"It was one of those situations where they said, ‘I won,' and I didn't believe the girl on the phone," said Welch, a resident of Pearl, Miss. "My wife and I are extremely excited and I can't wait to turn on the lights."
Welch's entry outshined the rest, displaying his bright use of vocabulary with lighting-themed puns. But Welch was also chosen for being a shining star to a child in need when he donated tickets to the 2008 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to the Aflac Cancer Center, giving a young boy an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"We buy tickets to the Pep Boys Auto 500 each year and couldn't make the race last year, so we wanted to get those tickets out there and let someone else use them. When we heard about Carl Edwards' visit to the Aflac Cancer Center, my wife, Nancy, suggested we send the tickets there," said Welch. "We already have tickets for this year's Pep Boys Auto 500, so we are going to donate the tickets to the Aflac Cancer Center again."
In addition to turning on the lights for the track's first night race as Atlanta Motor Speedway's Chief Lighting Officer, Welch will have travel arrangements to Atlanta provided, be featured in the official souvenir program, and receive VIP access to Atlanta Motor Speedway.
For more information on the Chief Lighting Officer or to purchase tickets to Atlanta Motor Speedway first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sept. 6, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.