Kyle Busch's 10th win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway in the NNS Series on November 1 tied the record held by pioneer Sam Ard. Maybe a lot of the 'new' race fans don't know of Sam Ard--but if they love the sport and learn the history, they certainly should! Celebrating his own milestone victory, Kyle not only mentioned that he has a lot of respect for Ard's achievements in the Busch (now Nationwide) Series but added that he is donating $100,000 to Sam Ard to help with his medical bills as Ard battles Alzheimer's Disease. The 23-year-old racer dedicated his win to Ard, a two-time Busch Series champion who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and in tough straits financially. "Sam Ard was one of the pioneers of the sport and this really means a lot to me," Busch said after his now-traditional victory bows to the crowd. "I got to thinking about it and I decided I'm going give him $100,000 to try to help him out."
Kyle Busch has shown more class and altruism in his short career than most NASCAR drivers have exhibited in longer and less stellar careers.
Well, how about it--all you CUP and NNS and CTS millionaires? Do you have the generosity of spirit to match Kyle Busch's contribution? Do you recognize what Sam Ard did for your sport? Do you have the compassion to help out a driver whose achievements have allowed you to be where you are today?
I hope so. I hope we hear of many other drivers helping out Sam Ard. A true racer and champion who needs your help now. How about it?