“Cannot Say Thank You Enough”- NASCAR Fans Laud ‘Class Act’ Kurt Busch Amidst Pentagon Appearance on Veterans Day

Published 11/12/2023, 3:14 AM EST

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Fans can’t appreciate Kurt Busch enough! The veteran driver was a subject of much admiration recently, after his recent endeavor surrounding Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, 11th November marks a historic day when the Defense Department of the US salutes those who have served or put their lives on the line for America’s freedom during World War I. President Joe Biden referred to America’s veterans as “the steel spine of this nation.” Indeed, today’s America is a fruit of years of bloodshed.

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Remembering that and being a responsible citizen of the US, veteran NASCAR personality Kurt Busch showed up at the Pentagon to commemorate the bravehearts. And the fans considered it a ‘class act’ on the part of the retired NASCAR veteran.

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Kurt Busch has been an integral part of 23XI Racing as a driver since he joined the Hamlin-Jordan-owned Cup Series team in 2022. However, a series of race-borne concussions left him in a position where he was forced to announce his retirement a few months ago at Daytona International Speedway. For the 2004 Cup Series champion and 2017 Daytona 500 winner, it was indeed an emotional day.

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According to AP NEWS, Busch said, “I’ve had arthritis ever since I can remember. My gout has flared up where I can barely walk in some days. Just pushing to get through physical therapy and continuing to work out.”

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The Las Vegas native suffered a death-defying concussion as a result of a qualifying crash at Pocono last year. However, Kurt Busch did not exit the arena of NASCAR completely. He remains a consultant for his old team and Toyota.

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Apart from being a fierce racer, Kurt Busch can also be considered a wonderful man. He runs a charitable trust that funds women’s health alongside taking care of veterans’ affairs. His contributions are so impressive that he was nominated for the 2023 Kickin’ Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year Award, presented by 51FIFTY, earlier this year.

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Kurt Busch is not just a name in the arena of motorsport. His off-track achievements are plenty as well. Kurt Busch won the National Motorsports Association’s quarterly winner twice for his work with Window of Hope; and the nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), through which he donates tickets allowing veterans to attend NASCAR races. But that is not all.

In 2022, the Kurt Busch Foundation partnered up with 41 NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and 23XI Racing to raise more than $100,000 through its Window of Hope program. This was done to aid Charlotte, N.C. community through Atrium Health Cancer Institute’s Project PINK, that was set up for the screening and treatment of breast cancer.

Though already familiar with his benevolent nature, fans were still surprised when Busch made an appearance at Pentagon on the occasion of Veterans Day. Seeing Kurt Busch walk up on the stage in a greyish-black suit and deliver a speech in front of four-star generals, they were elated.

Kurt Busch tweeted about the gala celebration and wrote, “Because of you(the army veterans), we get to do what we love. We cannot say thank you enough.” Needless to say, the fandom showered him with praise.

Someone said, “I salute to you🫡”

While another wrote, “Good job Kurt 👍✋”

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A fan tagged Busch and typed, “Such a class act @KurtBusch”

“I am sure it was an honor, I am sure you gave a wonderful speech. 🙏🏻,” added someone else.

Another fan exclaimed, “Kurt you are an amazing human!!”

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A grateful US citizen wrote, “Thank you for all that you have done & continue to do for our military & veterans.”

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