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Kurt Busch Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway For Windows of Hope Fundraiser

(Photo: Stephen Conley | The Podium Finish)

Kurt Busch’s presence has been missed around NASCAR tracks since he was sidelined with a concussion after his crash at Pocono Raceway on July 23. Busch returned to the track for Sunday’s ROVAL race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time since his injury as many cars sported bright pink window nets in support of Busch’s Windows of Hope fundraiser.

Busch’s homecoming to the track Sunday saw him on the pit box instead of driving the No. 45 Toyota which has been piloted by both Ty Gibbs and Bubba Wallace since his departure. Ku. Busch said on Twitter he had gained a new outlook and a new appreciation for the team with this experience.

The idea of Windows of Hope began in 2019 when Busch received a letter from a young fan, Mason Bradley, whose mother was battling breast cancer. At the time, Bradley had sent a hand-drawn car with a pink window net along with a note that read, “Maybe you could do a window net pink.”

Windows of Hope became a reality last year with the commitment and help of NASCAR, the NASCAR Foundation, and Thermal Control Products. The program raised more than $100,000 last year benefitting breast cancer research and treatment.

Thermal Control Products provided the drivers with the window nets which will be autographed by the drivers and then auctioned through the NASCAR Foundation with the proceeds benefiting Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institutes Project PINK.

Project PINK was established to increase access to life-saving mammography screenings for uninsured women in the local area. Proceeds from Window of Hope will help fund “Free Mammography Days” in underserved communities where the need is highest.

The auction will run from October 10 – October 17, 2022, and can be found on eBay.

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