Kyle Busch put a ring on one of his biggest fans Friday.
No, not his wife, Samantha, who he met at the track exactly 10 years earlier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After being introduced to 8-year-old Logan Young during a news conference, the two-time defending Brickyard 400 winner handed his newest trophy _ the 2016 race champion’s ring _ to the boy.
“Here you want to try it on?” Busch said after Young presented the ring box to his favorite NASCAR driver.
It was the thrill of a lifetime for the resident of Champaign, Illinois.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said he met the boy and the boy’s mother while he was strolling around the track on the first day of race weekend. Young got Boles’ attention by asking the man dressed in a suit and tie if he was the track president.
Boles said he then asked who his favorite driver was and upon learning it was Busch, invited Young to join him at an already scheduled news conference.
For a few minutes, the giddy youngster hammed it up. He slipped the shiny ring onto his left thumb, raised his hand, posed for photos and chatted briefly with Busch.
The moment didn’t last too long.
“I’ll take that back now,” Busch said a few minutes later, drawing laughter from the growing crowd.
But Busch didn’t let his fan go home empty-handed.
He autographed the boy’s ticket and gave him the Skittles hat he had worn during the news conference, with a No. 18 embroidered on the side.