If you need any further proof of just how loyal NASCAR fans are to their sport, we’ve found another bit of evidence for you.
60-year-old Randy Ricci of Santa Rosa, California is hoping to attain a Guinness World Record certification for…the largest collection of NASCAR cereal boxes.
On Wednesday, Ricci laid out his collection of 324 unopened, non-duplicated boxes on the start/finish line at Sonoma Raceway, which annually hosts one of the two road course races on the Sprint Cup Series’ calendar.
According to Chris Smith of the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat, Ricci had tried twice beforehand to display and document his collection at the Northern California circuit. The first attempt was rained out, and the second attempt was scratched due to a scheduling conflict.
A flip through the Press-Democrat photo gallery of Ricci’s collection reveal boxes that you’d expect (Terry Labonte on a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box) and some that are more obscure (“Richard Petty 43’s,” a General Mills product made up of – naturally – rice and corn 4’s and 3’s).
Per a February feature from the paper, the oldest box in Ricci’s collection is a 1990 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats box that features the likeness of Jeff Gordon, five years before he claimed the first of his four Sprint Cup championships.
While Ricci awaits record confirmation from Guinness, he’s pondering about what to eventually do with the collection.
Smith writes that Ricci would like to find a permanent home for the boxes where fans can see it for themselves and that he’d also be happy to have the collection displayed one day in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
But regardless of where the boxes end up, Ricci thinks that he’s made history.
“I’m a world record holder,” he said Wednesday. “Isn’t that cool?”
Indeed, it is.