SUNY Brockport grad's speech earns kudos from NASCAR
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It's been a wild ride for one SUNY Brockport student since his graduation this weekend. 21-year-old Elijah Burke of Greece has a passion for motorsports, and his NASCAR themed graduation speech quickly gained traction on Twitter.
It's no racecar, but Burke's 2003 Toyota Corolla gets the job done.
“4-cylinder engine, up to about 110 miles per hour, lots of stickers,” said Burke.
Burke's been a NASCAR fan since his dad took him to his first race when he was 6-years-old.
"Since then, it was just in my blood; I was hooked from there,” he said.
On Saturday, Burke graduated from SUNY Brockport. He wanted to say thank you to those who helped him along the way, but added a little NASCAR flare.
"You can really apply the NASCAR interview to anything, any interview you do. Just talk about your sponsors and make sure to get a good car in there somewhere,” said Burke.
"I can't thank all the guys back at the shop enough - Mom, Dad, Emma. The wife and kids I don't have at home,” Burke says in the video. "All the sponsors that put everything into this - Quizlet, Netflix, Chegg, Rate My Professor, Dunkin Donuts, Monster Energy and Credit One Bank of course. Everyone who put so much energy into this."
"Those are real sponsors. They didn't pay me anything, but they sure helped me out throughout the semesters,” Burke told 13WHAM.
Burke's video took off on Twitter earning him a response from NASCAR.
"It was a GIF of Bubba Wallace, a rookie driver this year, and they said 'nailed it' and he was giving the thumbs up and I thought that was really cool,” he said.
The business administration major even got some job leads.
"I got a DM from Credit One Bank and they said they wanted to look at my resume. The chief marketing officer actually wanted to look at my resume so that was pretty cool,” said Burke.
Burke is now in the fast lane as he pursues a career in the motorsports industry, but he's laying off the gas in his Toyota Corolla.
"It's gotten three speeding tickets a long time ago. I've cleared my record since then and I'm a safe driver, but if you're a NASCAR fan I feel like you have to have a speeding ticket in there at least once,” he said.