Brinks, K-Automotive Ford visit elementary school

Lapeer, MI (April 27, 2001) - First grade show and tell usually consists of personal pets, vacation photos or an occasional visit from mom or dad. For Katlyn Brinks, having her dad Dave come to Elba Elementary School fell into the latter ...

Lapeer, MI (April 27, 2001) - First grade show and tell usually consists of personal pets, vacation photos or an occasional visit from mom or dad. For Katlyn Brinks, having her dad Dave come to Elba Elementary School fell into the latter category. While Dave is an interesting guy, it's what he brought along that made his show and tell visit a special day for Katlyn and her classmates.

Brinks, the transport driver for the No. 29 K-Automotive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry, rolled the rig up to the front door of the Lapeer, MI school Friday. To most people, the over the road tractor and 53-foot trailer appears larger than life. To a first-grader, it's gigantic.

"This special day is allotted for the children of Elba Elementary to share things that are important in their life at this time," said Brinks of the school event. "Katlyn was able to share plenty of interesting information on the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford truck and hauler with her classmates. As an added bonus, Katlyn was able to introduce driver Terry Cook to her fellow students. Terry and his wife Amy took time out of their busy schedules to talk to the young students of Elba Elementary. After Terry discussed the importance of staying in school and studying hard, he signed autographs for the students and teachers. Honestly, I don't know who was more excited, the students or the teachers."

Brinks and his K-Automotive team have been the center of attention this season racking up four Top-10 NCTS finishes in as many events. In the most recent race at Martinsville (VA) Speedway, driver Terry Cook steered the black and yellow No. 29 entry to a third-place finish. While the effort was a highlight for the team on the track, it was also a highlight for Katlyn back at home watching the race on television.

"My daughters enjoy being able to watch me and the rest of the team on ESPN," said Brinks. The K-Automotive team has been running great and finishing consistently in the Top-10. It's great for the girls to be able to watch the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 on track because they have met Terry and they are big fans of the team. They have also been able to walk through the transporter and that helps them understand a little more of what my job entails."

Being a part of racing most of his life has elevated Brinks to a level he has dreamed of since he was his daughter's age.

"I have been in and out of racing for a long time," stated Brinks. "I was involved on a local level in Michigan for a few years and I've been driving trucks for about 20 years. The Keselowski's (owners of the K-Automotive race team) and I have developed a good friendship. Originally, they needed part-time help and I filled the shoes. Now, it has developed into a full-time deal as a transport driver and front tire changer. My goal has been to help the Keselowski's with whatever they need whether it's a mechanic, a tire changer or something else. I've been in this field for quite a few years, but not to this extreme. It has always been a dream of mine to step up whether it was in the Craftsman Truck Series or Winston Cup Series."

According to Brinks, the school visit will provide the children of Elba Elementary with insight into his and his daughter's life. "This is a very giving sport," said Brinks. "There are good times and there are bad times. You take the good with the bad. Every day is an adventure and every day you learn something new. You meet new people and it's an ongoing experience. It's a lot of hard work and I hope my daughter and her classmates learn that if you work smart and hard, you will find success."

As a result of Brinks school visit, Katlyn's class is going to use the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford as an educational tool the remainder of the season. The children will incorporate Cook's statistical information into their mathematical classes and the geography surrounding NASCAR's races for their history classes. The 15,000 square-foot building of K-Automotive is located in Orion, MI. The team has competed in NASCAR Winston Cup, USAC and ARCA in addition to the Craftsman Truck Series.

-Jennifer Chapple

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