CANCER-STRICKEN MAN FULFILLS LAST WISH TO SEE DAYTONA

From the makeshift wooden race-viewing platforms to the tricked-out RVs, there are plenty of dedicated NASCAR fans hanging out in the Daytona infield. But none of them has a story as special as Mitchell Zanette.

From the makeshift wooden race-viewing platforms to the tricked-out RVs, there are plenty of dedicated NASCAR fans hanging out in the Daytona infield. But none of them has a story as special as Mitchell Zanette.

The 50-year-old Pennsylvania man was in the midst of a long fight with cancer when his family helped him realize his dying wish of seeing Daytona International Speedway. They packed up their motor home on Valentine’s Day, took Zanette out of hospice care and drove down to Florida, according to the full story in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Zanette family made it to the track — that’s him in the photo above at the track this week — but sadly, he died in his motor home in the early hours of Thursday, according to the News-Journal, and won’t get to see the big race.

The full account in the News-Journal has some great quotes from his family. They intend to stay for Sunday’s race because, as his brother told the paper, “He’d haunt us to the death (if we left).”

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