Wish comes true for young NASCAR fan with rare disease



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Posted on April 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 4:29 PM

FORT WORTH - Walking down souvenir alley at Texas Motor Speedway, 9-year-old Luke Chambers looks like he's on top of the world.

"It's a big thing to him," said Luke's dad Chet Chambers. "He's a kid who's been through a lot; NASCAR means a lot to him."

He lives with a rare disease called Mucopolysaccharidosis I, or MSP 1. It's genetic and attacks the body and can lead to organ damage.

But, you certainly wouldn't know his daily struggle, especially on this day when Luke met a real-life race car driver.

Austin Dillon drives the number three Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and stopped by to meet Luke at a track-side suite. It was a moment to inspire a young man who has dreams of working on a race team one day.

"It means a lot," Dillon said. "I'm very lucky to be able to drive race cars on the weekend and it's cool to be able to spend time with guys like Luke. I'm glad he's enjoying it and being able to enjoy the race today."

When asked what he likes about NASCAR, Luke was quick to answer "crashes and the pit crew."

In addition to meeting Dillon, Luke has a front-row seat to the events this weekend as drivers take to the track hoping to take the checkered flag in front of thousands of fans.

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