Taking the checkered flag is most important
for NASCAR drivers. A close second is generosity
and helping the less fortunate. Be it raising money
for children with debilitating diseases to supporting
charities and specific causes – even including the
care and welfare of animals – NASCAR drivers are
heavily involved in their respective advocacies.
But whereas drivers love the spotlight when they’re
on the race track, they downplay their involvement
in helping others away from the track. The reason is
simple: The big names want the attention and focus to
be on and for those that truly need help.
“So many people helped us when we were coming
up, that it’s only right to give back and help others
that really need help in everyday life,” said 2004
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch.
Among those that provide significant help for
the ill or less fortunate: The NASCAR Foundation,
Speedway Children’s Charities and Victory Junction
Gang Camp; as well as drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.,
Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart,
Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, David
Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson,
Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Ricky
Stenhouse Jr., Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears,
Michael Annett, J.J. Yeley and Matt DiBenedetto.
Giving Back: The NASCAR Way
NASCAR isn’t just about racing; it’s also about
giving back. Whether it’s the sanctioning body,
race track operators or drivers, helping those ill
or less fortunate is a theme that extends across
WHY WE LOVE NASCAR
JERRY BONKOWSKI COUR TESY OF NASCAR
■ Kyle Busch at G.B.
Swift Specialty School
in Chicago, Illinois