A Waynesboro truck-racing team has a shot at the big time. Driver Billy Keyes plans to make his NASCAR debut in Martinsville, Va., next month. He hosted pit crew tryouts at Shenandoah Speedway in Page County on Thursday.
Keyes is hoping to build his crew from volunteers with racing fuel in their blood to help him achieve his NASCAR dreams. Leaping into action on the pit road to ramp up a driver's speed is the dream of countless young NASCAR fans.
Josh Napier, an aspiring pit-crew worker, said, "This is definitely an opportunity of a lifetime."
Keyes has been tearing up the track for the B and B Racing Team.
"We're going up against the big dogs, and we're definitely in the David versus Goliath situation. We want to go in there and qualify and let those guys know we're here to race and earn their respect."
Keyes and his team are gunning for the NASCAR truck-series race in Martinsville this April. He's building a pit crew from scratch, so he invited anyone over the age of 18 to try out as a jackman, tire changer or carrier.
Ronnie Watts from Louisa hopes to join the team.
He said, "It's a little exciting at first, and then you get down there, and it just comes down to doing business, and doing what you're supposed to do."
Keyes will take a handful of these guys to his Waynesboro shop to hone their skills and teamwork before the race.
They're all young - either side of 20 - but they do come in with some experience and a hunger.