Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had an phenomenal experience to cover and be apart of the Smithfield Racing Team. In Daytona, I observed Chef Justin Leo grilling it up for the pit crew before the start of the race, met legendary Richard Petty, witnessed a Whole Hog Challenge and interviewed #43 Smithfield’s very own, Aric Almirola.
I will admit, being apart of this historical event in racing was spectacular in itself. Being able to see Daytona International Speedway in person, strolling down to pit stop row -Plus taking advantage of walking on the actual race track was pretty exciting! Watching visitors signing the finish line was remarkable to see in person.
My day started by visiting the Sprint FanZone located in the infield. My family and I got an up-close look from above at the pit stop and hauler of #43 Aric Almirola. As we stood there and watched race cars getting pushed to the start line, we couldn’t help to feel the excitement in the air.
Next we headed over to the midway to watch Smithfield’s Whole Hog Challenge. This area is free and open for the public to enjoy.
Once the contestants were selected and brought on stage, it was time for this amateur competitive eating contest to begin. You see, during the 2015 racing season and at most tracks, Smithfield Foods will host these fun events. The winner at each location will have a chance of the grand prize in November of becoming crowned and titled the Smithfield Whole Hog Challenge Champion in Homestead Florida. Sounds exciting doesn’t it!
On stage along with the contestants was the legendary Richard Petty, #Chasing43 Aric Almirola and Exclusive Chef Justin Leo from AmericanQ BBQ & Beyond.
Briefly after the winner was announced, I got a chance to chat it up with The King- Richard Petty, The Cuban Missile- #43 Aric Almirola and Chef Justin Leo. Each one of these men were kindhearted and took the time for some photo opps and questions.
Next, I hitched a ride back to the Smithfield #43 hauler to witness Justin Leo grillin’ some BBQ dishes for the pit crew. Talk about an ah-mazing spread!
These dishes were prepared, presented and cooked by Chef Justin Leo along with his assistant. Three words- finger licking good! The smell of BBQ just lingered in the air and the food was unbelievable!
The Smithfield Racing Team could choose from BBQ St. Louis Style Pork Ribs, BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Sweet Peppers, Corn Bread like stuffing, Macaroni & Cheese and delicious Cole Slaw. If I had to choose which dish was my favorite I certainly couldn’t. The ribs were tender and smoked to perfection.
I will admit, I still drool when I look at the pictures. If your a lover of BBQ foods like I am and love the brand Smithfield, then you already know that these dishes were out of sight!
Many thanks to the brand Smithfield for allowing me to be a guest and apart of this special day in racing history. Having the ability to experience first hand the Sprint FanZone, Daytona International Speedway, cheer on the contestants at the Smithfield Whole Hog Challenge, the opportunity to meet The King- Richard Petty, The Cuban Missile- Aric Almirola and AmericanQ Chef Justin Leo was a fantastic day!
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