At the young age of 19, Josh Hobson is a budding racing phenom with extraordinary NASCAR potential. He has more than 11 years of experience successfully racing competitively and developed a maturity in his career that far surpasses his age.
When Josh was only 8 years old it was clear he had the makings of a winner. He proved to be a prodigy on the track as he raced against 16-year-olds at the local level in the Briggs Jr. Division, where he drove his Genei sponsored go-kart to the podium race after race.
Josh continued honing his racing craft
Josh continued honing his racing craftfrom 2004 – 2008 in the World Karting Association. 2004 was a tough year as he started out with inferior equipment and experienced little success. However, by the end of the season he found a new kart manufacturer that offered superior equipment which gave him the chance to prove his innate competitive driving abilities which led him to win his first race that year.
The improved equipment which enabled Josh to showcase his true talent became the talk of the WKA community going into the 2005 WKA season. He subsequently continued to prove he was a force to be reckoned with behind the wheel by racking up an astonishing 7 National Championships and 9 Divisional Championships by the end of his karting career.
Josh’s career path is following a similar trajectory of other NASCAR greats such as Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, and Trevor Bayne who all came up through the WKA as well.
In 2007, at the age of 12, Josh was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. His racing ability caught the eyes of movie filmmakers who were looking to feature the most gifted up and coming racing talent that had the ability to reach the elite ranks of NASCAR for a documentary film.
Josh was one of only 3 youths selected to participate in the Marshall Curry and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film, “Racing Dreams.” The documentary captured the true essence of the challenges and difficulties that young drivers, even with recognized innate racing abilities like what Josh had consistently demonstrated throughout his career, face as they to try to break into the top tier of NASCAR.
At 13, Josh entered the stock car ranks which further proved his natural aptitude to instinctively be successful in any track setting. By this time he was committing every available minute to training with the likes of Johnny Benson Jr., Late Model Series Champion at Berlin Raceway and 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion.
Josh’s hard work and dedication paid off as his outstanding talent quickly captured the attention of local industry racing experts who gave him the opportunity to race a full season in the Super Stock Series in 2011. This opportunity enabled him to secure his first Super Stock Series win that year. Josh’s racing forte always landed him in top place finishes and soon made him a sensational local fan favorite at his home track – Berlin Raceway.
One thing is certain; throughout his career Josh continues to draw attention from experts across multiple industries and venues around the country for his instinctive driving talent and commitment to academic excellence.
This recognition has extended from Hollywood to the New York Times. In a July 9, 2010 Times article, “Too Young for Driver’s Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions” by Stephen Holden, in which Josh appeared, it stated, “[Josh] is the most likely candidate for NASCAR stardom. Poised, focused and bright, with a 4.0 grade-point average and impeccable manners, he is a student of NASCAR.”
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