Josh's Story

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 from 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.”

Career Highlights

2013

  • Top 15 Qualification in ARCA Series Race Debut at Berlin Raceway
  • Qualified Top 10 in the Battle at Berlin Late Model 251 Lap Feature
  • Qualified 6th in Kalamazoo Klash Super Late Model Race
  • Finished Top 10 in CRA Jegs All-Star Race at Berlin Raceway


2012

  • Selected to Drive for University of Michigan Formula SAE Team
  • ​Finished 12th out of 23 in Jegs/CRA All-Star Tour Race at Berlin Raceway
  • Ran a Limited Schedule in the CRA-Jegs Series Due to Lack of Funding
  • 6th Place Finish at Kalamazoo Klash Late Model Race


2011

  • 1 Win, 7 Top 5 Finishes, and 12-Top 10 finishes in the Super Stock Series
  • In Super Late Model Inaugural Season Finished 2nd Behind Johnny Benson Jr. as the "Fan's Most Popular Driver"
  • 8th Place Finish in First Appearance at the Kalamazoo Klash Super Late Model Race

2010

  • Ran a Limited Schedule with the Auto City Super Stock Division Due to Lack of Funding

2009

  • ​Josh's prowess as a racing prodigy has been widely recognized since he was 13 years old. He caught the attention of high profile celebrities and filmmakers such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry, who featured Josh during the 2007 World Karting Association (WKA) season in the "Racing Dreams" film produced by Johnson.


2008

  • WKA National Champion
  • 3-Top 5 Finishes in 12 Starts as a Rookie in the Super Late Model Series


2007

  • 2-Time WKA National Champion Speedway Pavement Series
  • 1 Grand National Win
  • 9 out of 20 National Wins
  • 4-Time New York Divisional Championship and 16 Divisional Wins
  • Featured on the Cover of the November Issue of World Karting Association's Karting Scene Magazine


2006

  • 2-time WKA National Champion
  • 3-Time Pennsylvania Asphalt Divisional Series Points Champion
  • ​6 Grand National Wins, 14 National Wins, and 24 Divisional Wins
  • WKA National Series "Family of the Year" Award - Presented to the Josh Hobson Family by National Series Executives, Officials, and Sponsors for their Dedication to the WKA.


2005

  • 2-Time New York divisional Series Points Champion
  • 2-Time WKA Divisional​ Champion


2004

  • Completed WKA rookie season with an 11th place finish in the Lights Division and a ninnth place finish in the Heavy's Division


Collegiate Highlights 

Barger Leadership Institute Fellow

  •  A select leadership program where outstanding students are nominated by faculty and university members based on campus leadership skills.


Peer Mentor

  • In this role Josh provides support to mentees to guide them through transition into college


Student Ambassador

  • Serves as a campus leader to generate interest in the University for students who are in their school selection process


Freshman Year Finalist - Michigan Student Difference Leadership Awards

  • Nominated for his significant contributions to community service activities

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Residential Staff Member

  • Freshman Year - Community Assistant
  • Sophomore Year - Community Assistant Manager and promoted to RA



Giving Back

  • 2013 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Team Supporter
  • 2012 Community Service Recognition Award from the Birch Run, MI Arbor Gleaner's Association fro Dedication to Community Service
  • 2009 - 2011 March of Dimes Volunteer

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