What a difference 13 hours made for part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Keith McGee. On Wednesday evening, McGee was tweeting that he would not be able to race the NCWTS season finale at Phoenix due to not securing enough funding for the race.
The following morning (8:37 AM according to the phone screenshot he posted to Twitter), McGee woke up to more than $181-million dollars in his Coinbase SHIBA Inu Coin cryptocurrency wallet.
The only problem? The majority of the money is not McGee’s. And he has no idea where it came from.
McGee personally owns 181.686-million SHIBA Inu coins, which is worth roughly $12,354.69. Not a bad chunk of change.
But when he logged in on Thursday morning, there was roughly an extra $181,083,257.61 sitting in his SHIB Wallet in cold hard American cash.
So, what did McGee do? Cash it out and frivolously spend it on his dream NASCAR ride? No.
Instead, he chose to do the right thing and alert the folks at Coinbase of the error.
— Keith McGee (@keithmcgee907) October 28, 2021
As of Thursday evening, McGee told TobyChristie.com that Coinbase has yet to return his attempts at contacting them and the $181-million is still in his account. But that’s just fine with McGee as he says he will wait, “as long as it takes,” and he will, “exhaust all options,” to find the person who lost the large sum of money.
Sure, he could fund his racing career 100-times over with the amount of money that magically appeared in his account just hours after anguishing over not having enough funding to run at Phoenix Raceway, but at the end of the day, it would not be the right thing to do.
McGee’s honesty in such a situation is commendable, and it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for the $181-million to get back to it’s rightful owner, and whether or not there will be a reward for McGee’s honesty in the end.
The 40-year old driver, who served in the United States Air Force before attempting a career in racing, has made five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season, those five starts are the first of his career in NCWTS competition.
In his first four starts, McGee finished 29th-or-worse in each race, but his last time out came at Talladega Superspeedway. In a wild race that featured a 21-truck melee, the Alaska-native survived the chaos for a 10th-place finish in the No. 41 Cram Racing Enterprises machine.