HOPKINS, Minn. - A Hopkins Dairy Queen worker created quite a buzz a few months back when a visually impaired customer dropped 20 dollars and another woman picked up the bill and wouldn't give it back. And now he's hoping that attention will help him with his passion for race car driving and win a sponsorship with Champion.
In September 2013, manager Joey Prusak refused to serve the woman and gave the man $20 out of his pocket.
The move caught the attention of Queen Latifah, NASCAR and earned a call of kudos from Warren Buffett, KARE 11 caught up with Joey to see what he's doing now and he could use your help.
"I'm back to normal, I was back to normal the week after," smiled Joey Prusak.
The so-called polar vortex has done quite a number on business at the Dairy Queen. Last time we checked in with Joey, business was booming but now, not so much. Which isn't all bad since it gives Joey plenty of time to focus on his passion for car racing.
"I mean got I Bernatello's and Dairy Queen and a company called Pirtek," Prusak explained.
He has several sponsors for his budding racing career already, but he's vying for another through a national competition.
Prusak entered a video into Champion spark plugs' "Always a Champion" competition.
A $50,000 sponsorship is up for grabs to the one who gets the most votes for their video.
Prusak hopes to parlay the DQ guy notoriety into a summer season at Elko Speedway.
"It's all fiberglass body, the door are obviously not fiberglass," said Prusak as he pointed to his race car.
The car is not cheap to race. One wheel alone costs more than a hundred bucks, a crash can run thousands, and a victory online could make all the difference for a daytime DQ manager with a craving for speed.
"Go out and vote," smiled Prusak. "All the votes that I can get would help."
There are a couple of things in the works for Joey. NASCAR invited him to the Daytona 500 in February.
As for that call from Warren Buffet, he'll be at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in May.
Click here for a link to the contest.
Click here to visit Joey Prusak's voting page: http://alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion/entry/1566054#.UtCT1dLnbGI