First Graders Wish Truex Luck

Martin Truex Jr.

"We’re going to bring all the luck back." (Photo: Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A first-grade class in Canada is doing all it can to help Martin Truex Jr. change his luck this season.

After a flat tire caused Truex to crash in practice last month at Auto Club Speedway - one in a series of early-season misfortunes that have him 28th in the points - he wrote on his Facebook page: “Does anyone have a good luck charm I can use for...oh I don’t know, the rest of the season??’’

That’s when the children in Carla Bangma’s class at Front of Yonge Elementary School acted. They made a video for him singing “Bring It All Back.’’ The song features lyrics such as “Your time is coming around, so don’t you stop trying” and “Don’t stop, never give up, hold your head high and reach for the top.’’

The connection between the class and Truex, though, goes back to Bangma’s son Bryson, who turns 11 years old next week.

Bangma and her family, which includes three boys with Bryson the oldest, traveled 45 minutes to a NAPA store just to see Truex’s car when he was with the sponsor. Bryson got a hero card of Truex and, according to his mother, “that was it. My son was addicted. When we went home ... after visiting the car, it was on TV and he could see that (Truex) was real.’’

Last June, the family went to Pocono Raceway and Bryson met Truex. When NAPA announced it would not return after last season, leaving Truex without a sponsor, Bryson tried to help. He sent Truex a letter that included a card, T-shirt and hat from the family’s business, hoping their small shop could sponsor Truex.

Front of Yonge Elementary, located about an hour from Ottawa, does play-based learning and when it was time for the next lesson, the class wanted to do something with racing. With her NASCAR background centered on Truex, she focused on him.

They learned about Truex and made a book for him called “Awesome Truex.’’ It included why they loved Truex. Among the reasons was that “he helped make the world a better place,’’ and “he helped sick children.’’ Some liked him because of his hunting and fishing and others liked him because of his dog Boden.

Truex responded by sending the class a picture of him holding their book.

Bangma spends Mondays updating the class on how Truex did in that weekend’s race. Even though Truex and Furniture Row Racing have struggled this season, the children’s support has been unwavering.

When Truex sought good luck charms, the class first thought about sending cards but decided a quicker way to get their message to him was a video singing to him.

Truex responded to the class with video on his Facebook page, saying: “I see your video, thank you. Awesome job. You sing ‘Bring it All Back.’ We’re going to bring all the luck back. Thank you so much.’’

When the class saw the start of Truex’s video, they cheered and then sat cross-legged and silent.

“They were in awe,’’ Bangma said. “They’re just completely amazed that he would take the time to send them a video.’’

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