A motivational letter that Kyle Busch received during the off season from Kyle Savoie (sa-VOY), a 12-year old fan, has inspired Busch to develop a program that will recognize children for experiences and achievements that had a positive effect on their lives.
The “Riding Shotgun With Kyle Busch Motorsports” Essay Contest will allow one child, age five to 12, in the Greater Kansas City area to have a decal with their name and 2.5” x 3.5” photo above the passenger window of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4.
“The message behind Kyle Savoie’s letter was how dreams are important and to never give up on your dreams,” reflected Busch. “He even sent us his five dollar-allowance with the letter in an effort to help support our KBM truck team. He suggested that if other kids followed his lead, they could serve as the sponsor for a race. In return, he suggested that we would put their names and school pictures on the truck. I obviously don’t want kids to send us their allowances, but I loved the idea of recognizing kids for positive experiences and achievements by putting their name and picture on my truck! Too many stories in the news these days are about negative issues. This essay contest will be a great way to create a positive news story with the help of children in the Greater Kansas City area.”
To recognize Kyle Savoie for inspiring the contest, a decal with his name and picture adorned the area above the passenger window of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra driven by Busch in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
The Kansas Speedway race will be the third of 10 select races throughout the 2011 season that an essay contest winner will follow in Savoie’s footsteps and “Ride Shotgun” with Kyle Busch Motorsports. The other remaining races scheduled are Kentucky (July 7), Michigan (Aug. 20), Bristol (Aug. 24), Chicagoland (Sep. 16), Talladega (Oct. 22), Texas (Nov. 4) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 18).
The topic of the essay is to describe an experience and/or achievement that occurred in the last 12 months that has affected your life in a positive way using 150 words or less. The deadline to submit an essay for the Kansas Speedway race is May 21, 2011. Entries can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed in to:
Kyle Busch Motorsports
351 Mazeppa Rd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28115
Attn: “Riding Shotgun” Essay Contest