Suárez Carries a Special Lucky Charm to Victory Lane at Sonoma

Daniel  Suárez’s name wasn’t the only one on his winning Trackhouse Chevy at Sonoma Raceway Sunday.  As he raced to his first NASCAR Cup series win in his 195th start, he had a good luck charm whose name was above the door.

Kinsley Wilkerson, from Palo Alto California, is a 7-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with AT/RT, a rare and aggressive brain cancer normally seen in children under 3. For Kinsley however, sadly, it’s something she’s been fighting for most of her young life.

Kinsley was first diagnosed with the disease when she was three and a half years old. She relapsed at the age of five then again at age 6. Now at age 7, she has relapsed again. She met Suárez morning, and saw her name above the door.

After his win Sunday, Suárez found Kinsley, gave her a high five and a hug.

“My lucky charm!” He exclaimed. “Now you’re going to have to go with me to every race! Are you okay with that?”

While Suárez and the rest of us will start our weeks like always on Monday, Kinsley will be in surgery to try and send her cancer back into remission again.

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