Meet the Tour Guides
Guide: Marlene White
Hometown: Huntersville, NC
Hobbies: Racing and computer games
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite NASCAR driver: Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jeff Gordon
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: 14 years
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Celebrating with Jeff Gordon and crew during his 1997 championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Fun Fact: Marlene attended 31 races with her mom in 1996 and have been to 17 NASCAR race tracks currently on the Sprint Cup Series schedule
Guide: David Pruitt
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Pets: 2 dogs, 2 cats
Hobbies: Weightlifting, working on cars, anything that deals with the beach
Favorite Food: Beef brisket
Favorite NASCAR driver: Tony Stewart
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Since February 2013
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Enjoying his first race weekend ever with his grandparents in Darlington, SC at the Southern 500 in 1987.
Fun Fact: His first job in motorsports was with Don Schumacher Racing - enjoyed 265 days on the road and drove over 70,000 miles his first year.
Guide: Ray Wood
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Pets: 1 cat that thinks she is a dog!
Hobbies: NASCAR photography
Favorite Food: In & Out Burger
Favorite NASCAR driver: Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: 1 year +
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Everyday working with the fans in NASCAR
Fun Fact: Had a bird fly into his windshield while driving around track during a tour!
Guide: Arlene Stone
Hometown: Lodi, NJ - been in Charlotte, NC since 1968
Pets: 1 Dog, 2 Cats
Hobbies: NASCAR Collectibles
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite NASCAR driver: Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and David Pearson
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Since 1969
Most Memorable Racing Experience: 1992 "One Hot Night" and meeting and talking with NASCAR Drivers.
Fun Fact: Most memorable experience was enjoying my first ride in a race car around the CMS oval driven by Neil "Soapy" Castles in May 1969 during our open house.
Guide: Barbara "Barbie" Nelson
Hometown: Stanleyville, NC
Pets: Kolin, her Dalmatian. Pronounced “Colin” but her uncle Kyle convinced her to spell it with a “K”
Hobbies: Reading, writing, spending time with family and friends – anything beach related!
Favorite Food: Mama's chicken pot pie and anything her sister Connie makes!
Favorite NASCAR driver: MATT KENSETH!!!
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: She started with the ticket department in 2004, working events only and moved to the Guest Services & Logistics department in 2011. She became a Tour Guide in 2012 and loves the people she works with! J
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Her parents have been to every NASCAR event at the Brickyard. One year her mom couldn't go so she went solo with her dad. They lost track of time in the infield and missed the start of Final Practice, which was her dad’s favorite time of the weekend. Both of them were angry and settled on watching what they could from a hill in the infield, right at turn 2. It was the best view they had all weekend. We had an awesome view of the cars getting back up to speed off pit road, as well as carrying unbelievable speed through the corner. There was also a screen with Sprint Vision behind them, displaying the top speed and average speeds from practice. They got “Indy Dogs” from the concession stand and enjoyed practice from that hill. Her dad continues their tradition with her mom every time he goes!
Fun Fact: The only Sprint Cup tracks she has never been to are Kentucky and Sonoma.
Guide: Randy Huffman
Hometown: Mt. Morris, NY
Hobbies: Restoring Classic Cars
Favorite Food: Shepherd’s Pie
Favorite NASCAR driver: Tim Richmond
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Since January 2013
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Winning the 2004 NASCAR Busch North Championship with Andy Santerre
Fun Fact: Randy is the father of boy-girl twins
Guide: Sean Fox
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Pets: 1 mini Australian Shepherd named Sydney
Hobbies: Announcing, officiating and watching sports!
Favorite Food: Chicken tenders, french fries and East Coast Wings’ chips
Favorite NASCAR driver: Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Since August 2012
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Sean’s (along with his wife Renee’s) most memorable experience was here at Charlotte Motor Speedway back in October of 2010 for the Bank of America 500. They were sitting with their scanners early in the race, when they both heard colorful language and a dislike of NASCAR’s decisions to not throw a caution flag by Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. His wife has been a fan of race scanners ever since!
Fun Fact: His favorite driver, Tony Stewart, won the first NASCAR race Sean attended in Atlanta…and he has yet to spin out a tour van coming off of turn 4…this week! Also, Sean proposed to his wife in CMS’ Victory Circle!
Guide: Denny Petranick
Hometown: Johnson City, NY
Pets: None at this time
Hobbies: Golf, puzzles, hiking
Favorite Food: Pork chops, chopped sirloin
Favorite NASCAR driver: Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: 12 years
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Hearing about Arlene’s many experiences, meeting people and talking about their trips.
Fun Fact: Almost had a tiger in his tour van, good thing he wasn’t hungry!
Guide: Bob Parker
Hometown: Middletown N.J.
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite NASCAR driver: Mark Martin
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Sixteen years
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Driving back in the 50’s
Fun Fact: In 1956 Bob worked for Esso (now ExxonMobil). At this time, he had a 1932 Plymouth 5 window coupe for drag racing. Since he worked for the Esso company, he named his drag racing machine “Esso Bee” and had a bumble bee paint scheme.
Guide: Babette Newton
Hometown: Lincolnton, N.C.
Pets: 2 cats, Rickley and Marilee
Hobbies: Boating on Lake Norman, reading, gardening and meeting new people
Favorite Food: anything Italian or seafood
Favorite NASCAR driver: “The Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and NHRA driver, Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Number of Years at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Since March 2013
Most Memorable Racing Experience: Sharing the racing experience for many years with her two sons at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She also remembers leaving from Western Carolina University where she attended college and driving to see the race a Bristol Motor Speedway.
Fun Fact: Babette worked in the Corporate Customer Service Office at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia