Published on November 5th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple14
Kyle Busch Is My Hero!!!
Kyle Busch is my hero… did I just say that? Yes I did! Anyone who reads my articles knows I either love Kyle Busch or I hate him. He’s either a winner to me… or a whiner. Well this article is going to explain why I think Kyle Busch has a great heart and is a racer to look up to.
If you haven’t heard of Sam Ard, you need to go check out his website www.SamArd.com. He was an incredible racer from 1983-1984. He was a hero in his day… many looked up to him, and many envied him. He was a warrior on the race track and he fought for every win. He had over 20 wins in his Busch career and was running strong until he had a career ending crash on October 10th, 1984 which resulted in a major head injury.
He was a Hero to many, well now… Sam Ard HAS a new hero. His name is Kyle Busch!
Sam Ard now 69, suffers from a moderate stage of Alzheimers disease that leaves him asking his wife if “she’d be pissed if he started racing again.” Because of his Alzheimers disease he sometimes gets trapped in the past and doesn’t realize he’s a 69 year old past legend that has Alzheimers and is in financial trouble.
This past weekend Kyle Busch was racing the Nationwide Series race to try and tie Sam Ard’s record of 10 wins within a Nationwide/Busch Series Season. He ended up getting the win which leaves him in the record books with his name right there next to Mr. Sam Ard.
Kyle Busch made an incredible decision this past weekend and dedicated his Nationwide Series win to Sam Ard. With that win he donated $100,000 to the Sam Ard Fund which helps him and his family with their finances.
Back in Sam Ard’s day, the most a Busch Series winner ever received was $25,000 and that was at Daytona. So to say the least, Sam Ard didn’t make multi millions off his racing career, but he is remembered as a legend.
Here’s an excerpt from Nascar.com that explains Ard’s feelings during this past weekend’s race…
Ard watched Saturday’s race at Texas with his grandson, aware that Busch was chasing his 1983 mark for wins in a season. Jo was with her sister for a rare dinner out when son, Robert, called her.
“Mama, are you sitting down?” Robert told her. “Well, Kyle tied Daddy’s record, and I had someone call me and tell me that Kyle is going to give Daddy $100,000.”
Hours later, when a fidgety Ard kept Jo up talking until 2:30 a.m., she sensed he understood Busch’s contribution.
“I guess his mind was just thinking because he said ‘I’ve been praying that something could come along that we could pay the bills and you can get a car,’ ” Jo said. “So he’s aware of what’s going. I asked him what he wanted to do with Kyle’s money, and he said for me to do whatever I wanted. He just wanted a couple hundred dollars to put in his wallet.”
When I read this it gave me goose bumps. It just shows you that Kyle Busch has a big heart and is not all about himself. He respects the past, and even though he’s out there breaking records… he’s breaking records with a good heart. I’m extremely happy that the Ard family is getting help. It makes me think there should be some sort of NASCAR fund that donates to the fallen racers. If it weren’t for these past legends, the sport wouldn’t be where it is today.
If you get a chance, make sure you visit www.SamArd.com and if you have a few extra bucks make a donation. We need to support our past racers and show them our appreciation. Who knows… maybe Kyle Busch will need some help when he’s older. He’ll definitely be a legend to remember.