Petty’s Legacy-Kyle



Kyle Petty doesn’t have a Sprint Cup ride so far this season, and he certainly won’t be a part of the Petty- Gillette merger plans for 2009!  Nevertheless, the legacy that Kyle Petty leaves behind is just as monumental as the one that his father, “King Richard” Petty leaves!


Kyle Petty’s legacy is born out of tragedy, not triumph!  His son, Adam, died May 12, 2000 (Mother’s Day weekend) from injuries sustained in a crash during practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Kyle Petty refers to his son’s death as “Adam’s accident”.  Adam was just two months short of his 20th birthday, and was a very young and energetic teenager.  As a driver, Adam was to take the Petty banner into the 21st century under the tutorship of Kyle and his grandfather, “King Richard”.


From that devastaing loss of his son came The Victory Junction Gang Camp, which Kyle and his wife Pattie established in Adam’s memory!  Through this camp, which serves children  ages 6-16, Kyle and Pattie have welcomed thousands of children into their extended family.  In actuality, the core of this idea came from Adam prior to his untimely death.  According to Pattie, it was Adam who had discussed the idea of helping out terminally ill children.  This idea from a teenager, obviously a well grounded young man!


For reasons too many to list, Victory junction, as a concept, has resonated throughout the NASCAR community and now throughout the corporations sponsoring the NASCAR teams!  The focused commitment of  Kyle and Pattie Petty is a powerful magnet, one that attracts support from NASCAR’s top stars.  Tony Stewart stages a race at his race track, the famed Eldora Speedway, in support of Victory Junction.  That race, Prelude to the Dream, is the who’s who of racing.  Stewart invites the stars of NASCAR, NHRA, and dirt track legends to race each other with all the proceeds going to TheVictory Junction Gang Camp.  This year Stewart donated ONE MILLION DOLLARS  to Victory Junction!  The Jimmie Johnson Foundation donated $600,00.00 for a bowling alley at the camp.  Mike Helton, NASCAR president, auctioned off his prized Harley for Victory Junction.


Kyle had announced that another Victory Junction Camp will be built in Kansas City to compliment the facility built in Randelman, N.C.  Even though the economy is slowing, Kyle is still committed to building that facility.  He further boosts that he committed to establishing facilities throughout the USA! 


For Kyle, his tenure at Petty Enterprises ended with close of the 2008 season and the merger of Boston Ventures with Petty Enterprises.  He will, however, be remembered for what he has accompolished off the track more than his racing prowess.  While his father excelled in the racing game and IS NASCAR, Kyle has excelled as a human being and humanitarian!!  The vision of his son, Adam, and the drive and desire to make Adam’s dream a reality, is very impressive. 



When this reporter reflects on the Petty family and and their contributions to NASCAR  the two men stand out head and shoulders above all their peers for very different reasons.  For Richard Petty, there are no comparisons in his accompolishments of winning races.  He accumulated 200 wins over his storied career.  His closest competitor is “The Siver Fox” David Pearson at 105 victories.


On a different stage, Kyle Petty has become a huge fund raiser for many charities, and the founder of The Victory Junction Gang Camp.  He and his wife have brought to fruition Adam’s dream and it has flourished bigger than anyone could have dreamed.  The Victory Junction Gang camp invites these children to attend camp for one week at no charge.  These children are around other children who also suffer from some of the same afflictions and enjoy one week of fun and laughter.  They are able to, at least temporarily, forget about the seriousness of problems and just have fun!!


Kyle Petty’s fetes may just out  live anything that his father did on the race track!  As you can tell, this reporter is a huge fan of, and contributor to, The Victory Junction Gang Camp.  After having two grandaughters that lived only a few hours, I have made a commitment to donate each year to this wonderful organization so that children will have a chance to be children.  If you need more information on The Victory Junction Gang Camp go to the link, .


For those of you who are trying to tie the picture to the post, once again I will help you.  That picture was taken by yours truly at The California Speedway.  It is Adam Petty’s Busch Series car being pushed out on the pit road.



Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…..




2.  ALMINDINGER OUT OF #84 ON 2009: (ESPN Sports)

3.  MAYFIELD TEST #42 @ LOWES: (scenedaily)


5.  KESELOWSKI MAKES CUP DEBUT @ LOWES IN #25 GODADY.COM: (hendrick motorsports)

6.  ROBBY GORDON AND DEI MERGER??? (winston-journal)


Could we be seeing another repeat of last year’s Chase??  Remember last year when Jimmie Johnson won 4 of the 10 Chase races.  Well, Greg Bifle has won the first two  back-to-back!!!!  Bifle is starting to show the same kind of dominance that Jimmie Johnson’s team showed last year!!  He has come from the back of the pack to now be considered a favorite!!  The Rousch-Fenway 3M #16 Ford Fusion has really stepped up their game when it counts!  The first two races have been on one mile tracks, however vastly different in their configuration.  Louden is a FLAT one mile track, unlike Dover which is a highly banked, extremely fast, and a self-cleaning, racing facility!!!  It would appear to this reporter that the #16 3M teams has their one mile program where it needs to be.  However, do they have the rest of their program fine tuned to the caliber needed to take the championship home!!!!  Stay tuned for eight more weekends!!!!


The race for the Chase is slowly “thining out the herd”!  It is this reporter’s view that the race has narrowed to nine teams now that have a reasonable chance to capture the championship this year.  It appears that the #18 M&M’s JGR team is facing “extinction”!    It is also this reporter’s opinion that the #11 FedEx JGR team is on the “endangered species” list!  Likewise, the #17 Dewalt Rousch-Fenway team is closely following the previously mentioned teams! All three teams NEED  to run exceptionally strong in the final 8 races to have a remote chance to win the championship.  In fact, it is time for the “true contenders” to separate themselves from the “pretenders”!! 


If you got something for ’em, NOW is the time you got to let the “BIG DOG EAT”!!!!!



2.  JOHNSON-10


4.  BURTON-82

5.  HARVICK-101

6.  BOWYER-106

7.  STEWART-113

8.  GORDON-118


10. KENSETH-167

11. HAMLIN-193

12. BUSCH-210


This week is Kansas and more will face elimination!!!!  Who will prevail???  Who will fail???? 


What do you think?





The Story lines:

1.  Greg Bifle wins at Louden!

2.  Busch falls to 8th place in the Chase:(

3.  Jeff Foxworthy and 20th Century Fox TV combine for an animated NASCAR Show:

4.  Ricky Carmichael attempts Talladega ARCA race:  (Hartford Currant)

5.  Carpentier is a free agent: (

6.  Penalities over Truck race FISTICUFFS: (

7.  Jay Freye stays with Red Bull Racing: (Yahoo Sports)


One race does not a Chase make, but one race has drastically changed the “running order”!!  The points leader and winner of the most races in the season had his “MULLIGAN”!!  Busch suffered a mechanical failure of his sway bar bolt and the results was a TOTALLY ILL handling race car!!  So ill handling that he lost control, spun out all by himself, and collected up two other race cars in the melee.  That mechanical failure cost ol Kylie SEVEN positions in the Chase, he fell from the lead to 8th place after just the first race of the Chase.


On the other hand, Greg Bifle reversed his fortunes in just one race.  He now becomes one of the top four in the Chase!!  However, this is again only the first race of the ten race Chase!!  Don’t start counting your chickens……. you know!!  But once again, like last year, the year long dominating team is suffering under the pressure.  We do remember the Hendrick Motorsports Dupont #24 Chey last year, right???????  Need I say more?


While I am thinking of it.  If you missed the Craftsman Truck race last Saturday, you missed a really exciting event at the end of the race!!  It looked like a late Saturday night outside your local tavern ( The Red Carpet @ Cedar & Shields), or in the pits after your local short track race, or for that fact in the  Eastern Airlines parking lot at Atlanta after flying with a KING-SIZED JERK!!!!!   David Starr  had systematically gotten into three different drivers and stuck them all in the  turn 3 wall.  “But the straw that might have broken someone’s nose” was when Starr stuck Tood Bodine in to the wall near the end of the race!!!  When the race concluded, Bodine gave Starr a good “push” back to the pits then separated himself from the tension.  But you should of seen the crewmen from all three crashed trucks decend upon Starr and this pit crew!!!  There were haymakers, belly whoppers, and nose-crashers being thrown!!  IT WAS GREAT FOR THE RATINGS!!!!!!  After all, it was just men handling things in a man’s way!!

This week’s race is at “The Monster Mile” at Dover.   It is Bristol on steriods, to say the least.  It should produce some very exciting racing, unfortunately I will be in Honolulu and won’t see the race til l get back home.  Oh well, someone has to be in Honolulu!!!!!