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Hagerstown couple meets NASCAR greats in prize they won online

January 10, 2013|By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | raychel.harvey-jones@herald-mail.com
  • Rich and Paula Robertson are pictured with one of their winning prizes - a Dodge Charger worth $60,000.
Photo by Bethany Davidson

A Dodge Charger worth $60,000 and a chance to rub shoulders with the who’s who of NASCAR at a banquet in Las Vegas was a dream for Rich and Paula Robertson, a dream that came true when the couple won a Dodge Charger sweepstakes competition online.

Those who know Rich Robertson know of his passion for NASCAR. He has loved cars since he was a kid, and working as an auto mechanic fueled his passion.

So when his wife Paula saw an online competition offering the NASCAR banquet and a chance to win the Dodge Charger sweepstakes, among other prizes, she didn’t hesitate to enter.

“It came across in an email online so I randomly entered the competition. I got the call in mid-November to tell me that I was the grand prize winner,” said Paula Robertson.

“I was watching my wife talk on the telephone,” said Rich Robertson. “I heard her say ‘My husband is never going to believe this, are you sure we won?’ She hung up the phone and told me that we had won tickets to the NASCAR banquet in Las Vegas, and she was right, I didn’t believe it.”

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“I was in shock, said Paula Robertson. “I kept saying to the lady on the phone ‘I can’t believe this, my husband will never believe this,’ nobody ever wins a car, and if you do you probably don’t find out over the phone.

“But it was confirmed, we won,” she said.

The Robertsons won a Dodge Charger worth $60,000, VIP passes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, a three nights stay and tickets to the Fremont Fan Fest experience.

They also had the chance to attend the Myers Brothers Awards Banquets and a number of other events.

“We met NASCAR drivers, we met owners, everybody was absolutely fantastic to us. It was a once in a lifetime experience, it was a wonderful trip,” Paula Robertson said.

“I have never met anyone who went to the Nascar Banquet,” said Rich Robertson. “It was pretty amazing.”

The Roberstons have owned Hartle’s sub shop on Marshall Street in Hagerstown since 2003. In 2009, they acquired another store on South Potomac Street and in 2010 a branch on Jefferson Boulevard. Just 24 hours after learning they won the prizes, Hartle’s subs on Marshall Street was robbed by two armed men.

“That week was a real high point and a real low point for us,” Paula Robertson said.

“We are not really sure what we will do with the car,” Paula Robertson said. “At the moment, I think we are going to enjoy it for a little while then we will probably sell it.”

“Our friends were thrilled for us but they were in disbelief at first, they all thought we would have to send money and thought perhaps it was an online scam. They warned us that it could be a hoax. Luckily it was not a hoax,” she said.

Paula Robertson said, “They are not all a hoax,” but noted, “You do have to be very careful of what you enter online.”

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