At the NASCAR race at Martinsville, VA last Sunday, there were not many “BORING”
NASCAR Widows t-shirts on parade, but there should have been. The Gearheads
did something worth noting. Thanks to a group of sponsors, a true American hero
was recognized for his sacrifices.
The sponsors wanted to support a local wounded warrior, Marine Josh “J.B.” Kerns,
at the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Car # 17 displayed an American flag design featuring an
acknowledgement of Kerns’ outstanding military service to the United States.
Kerns lost both legs and his right arm on his third tour of duty, after an improvised explosive device
blew up near him during a mine sweeping operation in Afghanistan on April 7, 2011.
They teamed up in this effort to build Kerns a “smart home” in his hometown of Ararat,
Virginia. The sponsors were Roush Fenway Racing, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to
Towers Foundation, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. These great organizations joined
together in order to “build J.B. the home that he deserves for his service.”
NASCAR Widows say “Thanks for your service Marine.”