The senior spent his days working in the series operations department, which oversees the operations of the sport’s three main series—the Nextel Cup series, the Busch series and the Craftsman Truck series.
His duties included helping coordinate pre-race and victory lane ceremonies, making sure the NASCAR logos are painted on the grass around the tracks before each race, and recording and paying drivers their earnings from contingency sponsorships—the multitude of smaller decals that decorate the cars.
More than 400 students from around the country applied for the 29 internships NASCAR offers college students each summer.
Just before landing the internship, Hawthorne, a sport marketing major from Philadelphia, was also awarded the Antonio Johnson scholarship, which includes full tuition for the upcoming year. Formed in 1948, NASCAR is a multibillion dollar organization and the No. 2-rated regular season sport on network TV with broadcasts in 150 countries and 75 million fans.