Kyle Petty Charity Ride auction winner

North Wales, Pa resident joins MRN Radio team as honorary reporter at Richmond International Raceway. Sandie Chester-Kunkely wins opportunity of a lifetime through Kyle Petty Charity Ride'S Ebay Auction, (KANSAS CITY, Mo. - September 6, 2002) -...

North Wales, Pa resident joins MRN Radio team as honorary reporter at Richmond International Raceway. Sandie Chester-Kunkely wins opportunity of a lifetime through Kyle Petty Charity Ride'S Ebay Auction,

(KANSAS CITY, Mo. - September 6, 2002) - North Wales resident Sandie Chester-Kunkely will trade in her computer for a microphone this weekend when she joins the Motor Racing Network (MRN) team, the voice of NASCAR, as an Honorary Reporter at Richmond International Raceway.

Chester-Kunkely, an administrative secretary at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, won the Honorary Reporter position through an auction on the Kyle Petty Charity Ride's eBay site. As Honorary Reporter, Chester-Kunkely will get a behind the scenes look at the world of NASCAR and how it is brought to race fans across the country through MRN Radio. Chester-Kunkely will have access to the garage, pit road and victory lane with the rest of the MRN production team. Her voice will be heard on more than 650 stations in 48 states when she interviews Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty during MRN's broadcast of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400.

"I am so excited I hope I'll be able to speak," said Chester-Kunkely. "I am glad to help Kyle achieve his dream of opening a camp in honor of his late son, Adam. My husband, Jeff, and I have attended several races on the east coast (Daytona, Pocono, Dover and Richmond), but have yet to see what happens in the garage and the pits. I hope I can rival what the skilled MRN reporters do each weekend, although I have only "practiced" in front of my dog. What an amazing opportunity this is for me, and it will be the thrill of a lifetime to meet the drivers I feel I've known for years. I am hoping to remember every second of this adventure, so I can talk about it for years to come."

"We're excited to have Sandie be a part of our team at Richmond this weekend," said David Hyatt, president of MRN Radio. "She is very enthusiastic and is quite knowledgeable about NASCAR and the Petty family's endeavors to build the camp. We've learned through our Tuesday night program 'NASCAR Live' that fans often have questions for the competitors that we as insiders either take for granted or simply don't think of at all, so it will be interesting to hear what she asks Kyle during the pre race interview. MRN Radio and International Speedway Corporation are thrilled to be able to support the building of the Victory Junction Gang Camp and we look forward to having more opportunities for fans to participate and be a part of it."

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride launched its eBay auction back in June and will be adding more unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind experiences beginning September 6th. Race fans can log onto <http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/pettyauction> to bid. Proceeds from the auction will go to the national charity of the ride, the Victory Junction Gang Camp for kids. Kyle and Pattie Petty founded the camp in honor of their son Adam, who was tragically killed in a racing accident in 2000. The camp will serve as retreat for children with serious or life-threatening illnesses at no charge to the campers or their family. The camp is scheduled to open in the summer of 2004.

For more information on the Kyle Petty Charity Ride and the many other programs that it supports, contact Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. at 5700 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC, 28027, by email at info@kylepettycharityride.org or by phone 704-455-9299.

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty