NASCAR & Auto Racing

Watch as NASCAR’s Jesse Iwuji returns home to visit kids at B.B. Owen Elementary

Fresh off a career-best 17th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night in the Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, Hebron’s Jesse Iwuji went to surprise some elementary kids on Monday.

Iwuji, a Carrollton native, stopped in to Lewisville ISD’s B.B. Owen Elementary and shared stories with the kids. He also let the kids get up close and personal with the actual truck he raced at TMS.

Iwuji made the stop to help B.B. Owen celebrate its third consecutive Texas Motor Speedway Speeding to Read championship. For the third straight year, 100 percent of the school’s students met their reading goals, giving B.B. Owen the title.

“Seeing all the energy from the kids is amazing. I’ve done stuff for classes before but never a full school so this was a lot of fun,” Iwuji said in a video. “Being back home at Lewisville ISD is amazing. I remember when I was that small and it just takes me back in time to a lot of great memories in Lewisville.”

“Bringing a NASCAR driver in here helps show the kids that their dreams can become reality and then to add on that he grew up just down the road, it really hammers it home,” B.B. Owen librarian Emily Bryce added.

Iwuji also made stops at his alma mater, Hebron, and Allen’s freshman campus.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.