Terminal NASCAR fan fulfills dream of going to Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A NASCAR fan has fulfilled his dying wish of going to Daytona before passing away in the infield.

Yahoo! Sports reported that doctors told 50-year-old Mitch Zannette three weeks ago that he had three days to a week to live.

So last week, Zannette checked himself out of hospice and headed to Florida to see the Daytona 500.

Being in Daytona was on the top of Zannette’s bucket list. As soon as he arrived, he plunged into the Daytona experience.

He made it to the track, went to the beach, met Miss Sprint Cup and drank some beer.

Zannette was a firefighter from Pen Argyl, Penn. and has been a NASCAR fan for most of his 50 years.

He had been suffering from lymphoma and bone cancer and suffered an obstructed bowel.

He died in the infield at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, three days before the race.

Zannette looked up to Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died in a fatal crash in 2001 at Daytona Beach.

Twelve years later almost to the day, within sight of that same turn, Zannette also passed away.

“There’s no doubt he’s up in heaven with Dale,” said Tammy Bloodworth, Zannette’s girlfriend. “Talking racing, drinking a Budweiser and looking down on us watching this race.”

Read full story: Yahoo! Sports.