Social media is a great thing and so many great stories are shared through sites like facebook and twitter. Recently we were made aware of one of these stories by our facebook friend, Chrissy Pistone.
Chrissy Pistone is not your normal social network butterfly. Not by any means. Chrissy, in fact, is a big part of keeping racing history alive. We guess you could say that she was born into it. You see, Chrissy is the daughter of “Tiger” Tom Pistone.
“Tiger” Tom began his racing career in Chicago, working with another future icon, Andy Granatelli, at at the old Soldier Field racetrack. After winning multiple track championships against some of the best dirt track stock car drivers the midwest had to offer, Pistone traveled down south seeking glory in NASCAR’s Grand National series. Making his Grand National debut in 1955, Tom Pistone worked his way from Yankee to a fan favorite “converted Yankee” in the series.
We have schedule for Tiger Tom to be an upcoming interview on onedirt, so we don’t want to give too much of the story away, but what we can tell you is that Tiger Tom Pistone stayed active in racing and has made a lifetime’s worth of achievements in helping other racers.
While Pistone does has a thriving race car parts business in Charlotte, NC, he is more often to be found mentoring young drivers, especially at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tom has also been featured on televison having appeared on an episode of The History Channel’s American Pickers in which he sold items to be placed in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
As luck would have it, we discovered this status update about Tiger Tom on his daughter’s facebook page, and we feel this sums up what Tiger Tom and Chrissy Pistone mean to racers and race fans:
From Chrissy Pistone’s facebook page: Everyone Please read: There is a wonderful young man name Steven Kraft who has stage 4 Cancer. His cousin Meghan contacted me wanting to do something special for him. He’s an avid race fan so I told my Daddy, Tiger Tom about Steven last night. His story touched us deeply, so Daddy called Race Car Driver David Ragan to see if he would help by putting his name on his Race car for a race. Without hesitation he said “let’s do it.”
Then I contacted Lois Wanke who contacted Ricky Byers with Racing for a Cure. Byers is also a race car driver, and after about an hour, Ricky had this beautiful Decal made with Steven’s picture on it. Its now on it’s way to Virginia via UPS overnight to be put on David Ragan’s Number 6 Race Car for Martinsville Race this weekend!
Please join all of us here with your comments so Steven who’s in isolation at Jacksonville Hospital can read and feel and pull from all our love to give him the strength to cross the finish line by beating this horrible disease and bring him back to his loving parents and family and friends! He will read every comment and pull from all our love and good wishes and Prayers. “So start your hearts racing and type for Steven” let us all show him our support, our love and Prayers! – Thank you, God Bless you, Chrissy
Ricky Byers is a cancer survivor from Birmingham, Alabama who races in the ARCA Series. Ricky has raced for over 20 years in several different classes.
We will keep our eye out for David Ragan this weekend and hope that he has a great outing.