“So Sorry Man” – NASCAR Legend Joins the Fans as Iconic Racer Tragically Loses His Best Friend

Published 09/21/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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In the world of NASCAR, a surprising gesture of empathy has emerged among the competitors and teams. It was a moment that transcended the roar of engines and left even the toughest racers choked up. The NASCAR legend and fans united unexpectedly, all because of a furry, four-legged friend.

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Rodney Childres, the seasoned crew chief for Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing, took to Twitter to send his condolences. The racing world collectively wondered: What had shaken up the unflappable Childres?

The touching tribute that transcended the track


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The answer lay in the grieving words of Ryan Eversley, a name that might not be as familiar to NASCAR fans but has a special place in their hearts. Eversley’s tweet unveiled the heart-wrenching truth: his beloved dog, Franklin Beans Eversley, had passed away at the tender age of 9 months.

Ryan Eversley wrote on his Twitter: 


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“I knew when I got Frank one day I’d have to say goodbye to him, but I thought that would be a long time from now. Instead, it’s today. Franklin Beans Eversley passed away today due to complications from surgery at just 9 months old. The time we spent together was absolutely perfect, and he made me happier than I’ve ever been in my adult life.” But the tears and words did not stop there.

Eversley continued, his words dripping with sorrow and love, “Devastated doesn’t even come close to describing me right now. I take great joy in knowing that he had a great life and that he was loved by so many people but I don’t think I’ll ever get over losing my little beans. RIP Franklin Beans, you’re always gonna be my little boy.” 

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The news spread like wildfire across social media. NASCAR fans and pet lovers alike mourned the loss of Franklin Beans. The little pup, who had only spent nine short months in this world, left an indelible mark. 

Childres who works for Stewart-Haas Racing and whose life revolves around pit strategies and race cars, set aside the checkered flags and tweeted, So sorry man.. 🙏🏼❤️ I just can’t imagine.. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.”

They flooded social media with heartfelt messages from NASCAR fandom:

“I am so sorry for your loss, I truly know how much our “Fur-Babies” mean to the family!!! it’s because they love, and DON’T JUDGE ! AND ALWAYS LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT! I am so sorry for your heart break!! 💔💔💔 ** sending positive thoughts and hugs your way!” 

“So sorry for the loss of your fur baby.”

“My💔🙏 for you.”

“Prayers 🙏🙏🙏”

“OMG, I’m so sorry to hear that. You loved that pup so much 🙏”

“I’m gonna miss little Frankie Bear… sorry man.”

“I am absolutely gutted.

There is no way this is real 💔💔💔”


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As the NASCAR world reeled from the emotional rollercoaster of losing a furry family member, there was an unexpected turn. Eversley’s tweet and Childres’s heartfelt tribute didn’t just evoke sympathy; they ignited a blaze of compassion within the community. 


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So remember folks, when you hear the thunderous applause and the purr of the engine, it’s not just about racing; it’s about the bonds that rev our hearts and the legacies that leave tire tracks in our souls.



Written by:

Brahmi Dhaytadak


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Brahmi Dhaytadak is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. She combines her love for F1, Tennis, and NASCAR into electrifying prose that sets the hearts of her readers racing. Whether it was the finesse of Charles Leclerc's maneuvers around Monaco or the artistry of Roger Federer's racket, everything inspired Brahmi to venture into the field of sports journalism.
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Amal Joyce




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