NASCAR to honor fallen Middleville soldier

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MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Nine years ago, the Roush family experienced the worst pain it ever has. 

“You get through it,” said Bob Roush.  “You don’t get over it.”

U.S. Army Cpl. Nick Roush was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. 

“He had a passion for life that was second to none,” said Bob Roush, Nick’s dad.  “When he after something, he went after it all in.”

Family and faith were first. Not too far behind was his beloved car he named Monica. 

“It was two solid years of his life, and every penny he had,” said Bob Roush with a smile.  “He ran out of money in the end, but he turned 18 years old so he could donate plasma to continue buying parts and materials.”

His mother Donna Roush added, “He put a car kit on it, a turbo engine and redesigned the dash.” 

So, it’s fitting that Roush will be remembered at this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each driver in the Coca-Cola 600 will compete with the name of a fallen solider on their windshield. The No. 20 car, with Michigan native Erik Jones driving, is where you will see Roush’s name.

“He would be thrilled beyond belief; he’s going to be. We believe that God parts clouds for certain things,” Bob Roush said. “I think he’s got that patented grin on his face. He’ll be enjoying this weekend.

“We’re proud of the commitment he made. It’s a big commitment for any of these guys and quite frankly, for their families. The ones that are back home waiting for him, it’s a big commitment.”

One the Roush family will honor forever.  

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