Kurt Busch Makes Heartwarming Gesture to Mother of a Fellow NASCAR Cup Series Driver and She’s Now a Big Fan
Kurt Busch is recognized as one of the best NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 33 wins and the 2004 championship to his credit. The future NASCAR Hall of Famer revealed a different side this year when he announced an initiative for breast cancer awareness that raised more than $100,000 at the Charlotte Roval.
This week details came out about a heartwarming gesture Busch pulled off behind the scenes as part of the fundraiser and how it dramatically impacted the mom of one of his fellow Cup Series competitors.
Kurt Busch presented with idea by young fan
In 2019, Kurt Busch received a letter from a young fan named Mason Bradley. Bradley’s mom, Stephanie, was battling breast cancer when the youngster sent the letter with a hand-drawn image of Busch’s car and a suggestion that the Chip Ganassi driver one day pilot it with a pink window net to help support breast cancer survivors.
Busch liked the idea. However, last year, with the pandemic, it wasn’t the right time.
In September 2021, after months of working out the details, Busch joined Xfinity Series Daniel Hemric during a special event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the two drivers teamed with breast cancer survivors and supporters, and painted the pit road wall pink. During the event, Busch announced the Window of Hope, a partnership with NASCAR in which the drivers would use pink window nets during the race at the Charlotte Roval, then sign and auction them off to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment.
Pink window nets raise more than $100,000
On Oct. 10, all cars in the Cup Series field competing in the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway raced with hot pink window nets.
After the race, the drivers signed the nets, and they were all auctioned off. Busch announced a little over a week later that the auction had raised $59,523. Among the prices paid at auction, Busch’s window net raised an impressive $3,801.97. However, Kyle Larson received the second-highest bid at $5,026.83, and Kevin Harvick earned the top bid at $5,100.
The Race Team Alliance and Racing America matched $50,000 for a total of $109,523.
Kurt Busch bought Anthony Alfredo’s net and gave it to his mom
On Saturday, Front Row Motorsports posted on Twitter that an unknown person had bid on Anthony Alfredo’s pink window net. It turned out that the unknown bidder was Kurt Busch. Busch and Alfredo presented the window net to Alfredo’s mother, Veronica, who lost her mother to breast cancer.
The tweet featured four photos, including one with Busch presenting the window net to Veronica.
“The most amazing surprise ever!! I’m still crying!! @KurtBusch is the man!! Thank you, thank you!” she replied on Twitter.
Most race fans will remember Kurt Busch for his on-track accomplishments and Hall of Fame career. For a specific group of fans, they’ll remember his partnership with NASCAR and how he made a difference in the fight against breast cancer. And for one fan, she’ll remember the heartwarming gesture the Cup Series champion delivered and how she became a big fan of his because of it.