When Tom Pierson (right), crew chief for Richie Stevens’ Extreme Pro Stock entry, arrived at his car Saturday morning to head into the ADRL World Finals VIII at the Texas Motorplex, he found it wrapped in plastic with Vaseline coating its door handles and festooned with signs declaring his undying love for crew member Mike Vinezeano.
Immediately, a plan was hatched to get back at the suspected perpetrators—Amanda and Laren—the daughter and friend of team owner and sponsor Mark Eckman. “This has been ongoing all year long with these girls,” Pierson declared. “They would pull these pranks on Mike and me, but this time we’re going to get them back.”
Once Stevens had won the Battle for the Belts (organized by Pierson for the XPS class) and been eliminated from World Finals contention, the team let off a little steam by duct-taping the young ladies to their golf cart, spraing them with whipped cream and parading them through the pits with horns blaring—all while dear, old dad looked on and enjoyed the spectacle.
“It’s all in good fun,” Pierson stressed. “But we just had to get them back for an entire year’s worth of pranks.”
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