Sixteen-year-old Monty Veres loves NASCAR, and at the Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 race he met his favorite driver for a third time: Kasey Kahne.
The Wisconsin resident and his family travelled to North Carolina for the race. Veres first met Kahne in 2008 and spoke to the driver shortly after his 16th birthday on May 9.
"So far it's been thrilling for me. I had no clue that I was going to meet him until the last minute," Veres told NBC Charlotte.
The surprise meeting happened at the driver's RV before driver introductions at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Monty's parents and sister were in on the surprise.
"Every time I get to see that big smile out of our son like that, it's so emotional," his father, Paul, told NBC Charlotte. Colleen Veres added, "You forget about all the struggles and everything he's been through and focus on the moment."
Watch the video of the meeting here or click the image above.
NASCAR is helping raise awareness at the Dover FedEx 400 race Benefiting Autism Speaks this weekend. 27 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 16 drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 20 drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will show their support for the cause.
This is the 9th consecutive year that the Monster Mile has partnered with Autism Speaks and the 5th year that FedEx has held the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Denny Hamlin will feature the puzzle piece more prominently on his No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota.