October was the last circuit of 2018 for the GAINSCO show car program. It was a busy month that started out with an annual Texas Pioneer Days festival appearance, followed by a flight to Georgia to help out for the last IMSA race of the season at Road Atlanta and the Petit Le Mans. After a fun weekend of race activities and hosting some very deserving GAINSCO Auto Insurance VIP partner agents, it was a quick turnaround to get back and get the show car program back on the road. Despite the fall time of year, it did not seem to feel that way. I left the unusually warm weather in Texas and hit the road for the east coast, visiting Virginia and Tennessee. As I trucked across the country, I kept noticing that leaves had not yet started to change colors, which is normally a sight to behold, epically in these territories! As I neared my destination, we were met and embraced by a weather blast called a Nor’easter.

 I was also eagerly met with open arms by GAINSCO Territory Manager Maresa Spangler and Spanglish Insurance in Norfolk VA. Both were about to have their very first GAINSCO show car event! Spanglish Insurance, pictured above, planned a big grand opening for their location change with the show car event, including a radio station remote, a big screen TV raffle, giveaways, and catered food! The rainy weather did not dampen spirits, or the successful outcome as we were busy all day. As I worked my way over to Roanoke it got frigid, and that trend stuck with us as I headed into Tennessee to visit GAINSCO TM Matt Faulkner for show car events as well as the Insurors of TN convention in downtown Nashville. It was this time last year that Matt was working his first show car events!

The Whitney High School Rolyelles Drill Team strikes a pose at the Pioneer Days Festival with Dillard Insurance in Whitney TX.

All smiles, rain or shine, at Spanglish Insurance in Norfolk VA. It was mostly the former but easily one of the busiest and best rainy day show car events!

Helping out with GAINSCO pit tours at the Petit Le Mans. I also helped change out the No. 99’s nose clip during one of the pit stops!

The crew at Acceptance Insurance’s newest location in Shelbyville TN. These girls sell GAINSCO policies at their offices and national call center!

Sweet Rides

My son spotted this “Monster Truck”, a M939 series 5-ton Military 6×6 cargo truck at the Pioneer Days festival in Whitney TX.

Just outside Murfreesboro TN, I came across this beautiful Roush Stage 3 Mustang with 670HP from its supercharged 5.0 V8 Coyote engine.

Good Eats

I had a piece or two of this delicious white cake that was served up at Spanglish Insurance to share and celebrate their Grand Opening show car event.

Well, this was a new one for me…I tried blueberry sausage balls for breakfast at the Insurors of TN convention. It was a subtle flavor- I liked it!


While I was in Roanoke, I went to check out Black Dog Salvage, home of ‘Salvage Dawgs’ as seen on the DIY Network and Discovery Channel, and their 40,000 square warehouse filled with architectural salvage and custom built furniture.

It’s always fun to walk around downtown Nashville. The first night there I met Jose Mimoso at “Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse” to check out some local music, where we were treated to a cameo of Kid Rock himself as well as the sounds of Morgan Frazier who competed on the NBC’s hit TV show The Voice.


  • October 6th– Dillard Insurance, Whitney TX.


  • October 11th-13th Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Braselton GA.


  • October 20th– Spanglish Insurance, Norfolk VA.


  • October 24th– Metro Insurance, Roanoke VA.


  • October 26th– Carlos Insurance Services, Knoxville TN.


  • October 28th-29th– Insurors of TN convention, Nashville TN.
  • October 30th– Acceptance Insurance, Shelbyville TN.

= 3,004 miles driven from Texas to Virginia and Tennessee

Special thanks to our Territory Managers: Maresa Spangler and Matt Faulkner, and the BDAs, as well as Justin Robinson, and Jose Mimoso.