Sunday, May 29, 2011

First time at a race and John Baransky and his entire family – 2 sisters, 3 brothers, mom and dad – visited Charlotte Motor Speedway in style. They met Kyle Busch, then I had the honor of guiding them through a garage tour including walking through the #18 race transporter, meeting Kyle’s crew members from Joe Gibbs Racing, get pictures with the #18 M&M’s Toyota and even helping him feel like the king of the world standing on top of the #18 pit cart on pit road amongst a sea of race fans who were very envious. All of this was made possible by a partnership with The NASCAR Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 A year ago, four-year-old John was fighting the battle of his life off the race track with leukemia. John’s wish was to meet Kyle Busch, but under one condition – he wanted to bring along all his brothers and sisters. NASCAR is a family sport and this type of wish is definitely one we wouldn’t even think twice about making come true.

John’s sisters were all decked out in Kyle Busch licensed apparel which they had received earlier in the week when they toured Joe Gibbs Race shop, but they were very enthralled with my crown and sash. I was more than happy to share my crown and sash with them. They are definitely future beauty queens!

It is very humbling and rewarding for me to be able to share the excitement of NASCAR, especially for those like John. I am thankful for all the volunteers who donate their time to help raise funds for children in need and for all of the generous fans who I met over the weekend while at The NASCAR Foundation display. NASCAR Unites! For more information on volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood, I invite you to visit NASCAR.COM/unites because every child deserves a champion.

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Mrs. North Carolina International 2011, Janet Bolin