Friday, November 21, 2014

The Pettys and Victory Junction
Persons of the Year

NASCAR Illustrated named the fine folks at Victory Junction, highlighting Richard and Kyle Petty, as their "Persons of the Year" for 2014.

Through pictures and stories from camp’s founders, counselors, campers and supporters, the magic of Victory Junction has been put into print in the NASCAR Illustrated December issue. What a special way to cherish and honor Adam Petty's inspired dream.

Victory Junction is a year-round camping facility for children with chronic medical conditions and/or serious illnesses. It is located in Randleman, North Carolina, USA. and was founded in honor of Kyles son, Adam*.

Last May, former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty; Kyle’s father, NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion, Richard; and Kyle’s best buddy, auto racing analyst and television personality, Rutledge Woods participated in the 20th Anniversary Ride Across America!

From May 3-10, 2014, they led more than 200 participants - including several celebrities- from Carlsbad, California to Daytona Beach, Florida to raise both awareness and funds for Victory Junction.

Rutledge Wood, NASCAR Race Mom, & Kyle Petty
Carlsbad, California - May 2014

NASCAR Race Mom was privileged to cover the Motorcycle Ride Kickoff in Carlsbad and had the opportunity to interview Kyle and Rutledge.

"What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of live changing experiences for children," Kyle Petty reported. "This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way."

Over 175 riders line-up for the 20th Anniversary
“Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.”
During our interview, Kyle Petty’s personal “hands-on” approach to his Victory Junction activities emerged impressively. It is this characteristic of extraordinary levels of involvement and commitment which advances the success of this charitable undertaking.

NASCAR Race Mom is also very passionate about the Victory Junction Mission. Thank you NASCAR Illustrated for featuring the Petty family’s dedication and vision with your cover story, "10 Years of Healing and Hope."

* The camp was founded by Kyle and his wife, Pattie, to honor their son Adam. Adam Petty was killed on May 12, 2000, during practice for a NASCAR race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Adam was nineteen years old.

**Watch for a NASCAR Illustrated multi-part video series on

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