It's not every day that one is honored with the keys to the city of his hometown. However, today is different for Kingsport, Tenn., native John King. King captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win at Daytona International Speedway on February 24th during the NextEra Energy Resources 250. With his accomplishment, King will be granted the keys to his hometown city of Kingsport by Mayor Dennis Phillips. The presentation will take place on stage at Bristol Motor Speedway during pre-race ceremonies for the Sprint Cup Series Food City 500.
The 23-year-old rookie collected his first Truck Series win during the 2012 season opener, and is the only Truck Series rookie to accomplish the feat. Additionally, the Kingsport native is also only one of three drivers that have earned their first win at the famed superspeedway.
"It's an absolute honor to be granted the keys to Kingsport, Tennessee," said King. "Kingsport is a very racing-oriented community and they have really supported me throughout my racing career. To be able to bring back a win from Daytona and to have the people stand by me for my successes is more than I could have ever asked for."
Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips is thrilled to honor King on his recent accomplishments on track and in the community.
"We don't just give out keys to the city unless it's a very special situation. This hometown boy has brought so much publicity and attention to Kingsport. It's an honor for us to recognize him for his contribution to his hometown by winning the Truck Series season opener at Daytona. I hope John realizes how proud the citizens of Kingsport are of him.
"We were beside him for his first race and are looking forward to supporting him throughout his future," Phillips adds. "He always has a home here in Kingsport, Tenn. He is a very deserving young man."
See King back in action during the Kroger 250, on March 31 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Catch the race live on SPEED channel at 1 p.m. ET.