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Josh Carden and Kurt Busch

Josh Carden has become quite a “celebrity” in central Alabama over the last few months and that status is certainly nothing that the senior at Thompson High School cared to be a part of.  Nonetheless, with the support of folks in the racing community such as Eli Gold (MRN Radio) and Grant Lynch (Talladega Superspeedway)…and many others…Josh’s life is beginning to take a turn for the good after the youngster has experienced such an unbelievable run of bad luck.  Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Kurt Busch was “blown away” to hear that Josh was a huge fan of his.  Gold has been a leader in the fund-raising aspect for Josh and Lynch launched an effort to give Josh total VIP treatment during this past weekend’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. 

“Now that was a real tug on the heartstrings,” Busch said on Saturday morning after purposefully “dodging” Carden’s group behind the No. 22 transporter.  Busch wanted to be in full uniform when he emerged from his transporter to encounter Josh.  “This kid has all this he’s working against and he’s still the happiest fellow on the grounds of Talladega Superspeedway.  It was a real eye-opener.  His folks were there and even his bus driver.  He’s replaying how we won the Bud Shootout just like it’s the audio from the race…quite amazing…and says we’re gonna’ do well out there in qualifying.  We qualified eighth and I really think we might have gotten a bit of luck from Josh…you never know,  It was a bit faster of lap that we thought we’d run.”

Josh identified Kurt as his favorite driver and will have a special “Kurt Busch Room” in his new home…thanks to Gold, Lynch…and all the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge team sponsors involved.

“Josh told me that I was his hero,” said Busch, “but after learning his story, meeting him and spending time with him, I’m saying that Josh Carden is my hero.”

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