Man died doing what he loved: racing motocross
The news of Joshua Foust’s death spread quickly among those at Daniel’s Ridge Motocross Track in Alexander County, where he was racing and crashed late Saturday afternoon.
Foust, 28, who lived in Granite Falls, was in Race 1 of Moto 1 when he crashed. Another rider landed on top of him, causing brain and chest injuries, the Alexander County Sheriff's Office reported. Foust died while being taken to Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
Before the halftime break, according to a post on the track's website, a family member called from the hospital to confirm his passing.
“At halftime, almost every single person at the track joined together at the grandstand to pray for the family,” the statement on the website said. “For Race 1 Moto 2, which would have been Josh’s race, on gate drop they all left the gate slowly in single file standing on their pegs and rode a lap for Josh. Then they loaded the gate for the race. Once again at gate drop all riders left the gate in single file and rode a lap for Josh. They all pulled off the track after the finish line and one solo rider rode a Hot Lap in Josh’s honor. They also pulled off the track in final salute to Josh.
"The remaining Motos continued to compete as scheduled to honor Josh as a Racer.”
Foust had been married to his wife, April, since Sept. 24, 2005. They have an 8-year-old son, Caleb.
Corey Clark, is general manager at Century Fire Protection in Hickory, where Foust worked, and they also spent a lot of time together outside of work.
“We were very close friends,” Clark said. “He was honest, loyal, and kind-hearted. He was passionate about racing, growing up with it. When Caleb expressed an interest in it, he got him a bike to ride now, and one for him to grow into.”
Clark said Foust formed an informal club for him, Caleb and friend Victor Mcrary that he called “Throttle Junkies.”
Foust also thrived in his job, moving up to become director of field operations.
A trust fund has been established through the State Employees Credit Union called the Caleb Foust Throttle Junkie Education Fund.