In an effort to salute those who have given so much to protect our freedom, Roush Fenway Racing and driver Matt Kenseth will run a special paint scheme in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth’s car will be the No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford and will feature a salute to United States Marine Corps Corporal Josh “J.B.” Kerns.
was a combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps during a mine sweep on April
7, 2011 in Afghanistan, during his third tour of duty. An improvised explosive
device (IED) detonated nearby, costing Kerns both legs and his right arm.
a year after that fateful day, two-time Daytona 500 champion Kenseth will drive
the No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford at
Martinsville as a tribute to Kerns and the sacrifices he made for this country.
As part of their “Building for America’s Bravest” program, the Tunnel to Towers
Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation will build a “smart home” for Kerns
in his hometown of Ararat, Virginia; not far from Martinsville Speedway.
part of the fundraising effort associated with this program, Lionel NASCAR
Collectables will create a diecast of the No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to
Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford, with a large portion of the
proceeds going to build Kerns’ new smart home.
an honor for us to run this paint scheme,” said Kenseth. “We have a lot to be
thankful for in this country, and we take a lot for granted on a daily basis. Soldiers
like J.B. make sacrifices every day that I don’t think anyone can truly
comprehend, so I am grateful for the bravery he has shown. By running this paint
scheme, I hope people will support this great organization in order to build
J.B. the home he deserves for his service.”
Kerns is a true American hero, and we can never totally repay him for everything
that he has done to keep our country free and strong,” said Frank Siller,
chairman of The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “But with the help
of wonderful people like Matt Kenseth and organizations such as Roush Fenway
Racing, Lionel NASCAR Collectables, Martinsville Speedway and the folks at
Goody’s, we can show JB how much we truly value his courage.”