NASCAR community mourns loss of cancer victim Elijah Aschbrenner

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Just a few months ago, the NASCAR world learned about the battle Elijah Aschbrenner was battling. After alking down the runway during the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s “Catwalk for a Cause” to benefit pediatric cancer, the 10-year-old Epithelioid Sarcoma patient triumphantly threw his hands in the air with a huge smile.

On Wednesday morning, the NASCAR world learned about his family’s loss.

Aschbrenner’s mother, Becky Hughes, passed along the news of his death late Tuesday night.

From decals on cars to his name plastered above the driver’s side door, Aschbrenner’s presence was constantly felt at the track every week. Each Team Penske driver put his name across the car while Roush Fenway Racing came out with stickers and signs to show support. Suffice to say, Aschbrenner had a lasting impact on the racing community. Perhaps the driver he had the biggest impact on was Martin Truex Jr. The Furniture Row Racing driver helped sponsor a golf tournament for Aschbrenner and made an appearance.

Unfortunately, due to his cancer spreading after chemotherapy and radiation, Aschbrenner’s lost his battle with the deadly disease on Tuesday night. The NASCAR community — from drivers to wives and girlfriends to reporters — passed along their condolences on Wednesday morning.

 

 

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