A Lot of Black Ink

Michael Warfel shows off his signature tailgate. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com)

I ran into Michael Warfel at Daytona USA yesterday. He was hard to miss carrying a bright yellow tailgate. It was mostly yellow, I should say, but with lots off black Sharpie ink, too. Michael has collected 112 signatures --- and counting -- on the tailgate in the past three weeks.

The tailgate is from one of Todd Bodine's Craftsman Truck series rides. Michael says he got the part from a friend who works for a supplier in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

Michael's a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in nearby Port Orange, Fla., though he's originally from Riverside, Calif.

You'll note his sweatshirt, too, is covered in Sharpie ink. He's got around 200 signatures on the shirt, too. My advice to autograph seekers: If you see Michael out and about, stay right on his bumper.

By Mike Snyder |  February 14, 2006; 10:56 AM ET  | Category:  Fans
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It's look skind of bulky. Does he actually carry that thing into enclosed areas with that thing? Wouldn't a program be easier?

btw, love this blog. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Cup | February 14, 2006 05:02 PM

In case you couldn't read my martini lunch induced blabber, I was asking if he carried that bumper around with him into enclosed areas. Like through doors and such.

I also said you were doing a great job (see martini lunch). just kidding. ;)

Posted by: Cup | February 14, 2006 05:05 PM

Way to go JohnnyB! Hope you got Dwayne Leik's signature on that beast somewhere, and if ya don't, continue looking...

Posted by: fish | February 15, 2006 05:24 PM

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