Atlanta: Kyle Petty preview

Kyle Petty: "I'm honored to have the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) on board with us for this weekend's race in Atlanta. Their plan was to be a primary sponsor on the No. 45 Dodge Charger for two other races this year, but they picked...

Kyle Petty:

"I'm honored to have the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) on board with us for this weekend's race in Atlanta. Their plan was to be a primary sponsor on the No. 45 Dodge Charger for two other races this year, but they picked up this weekend too. They are a great sponsor, but an even better group of people. We need to take care of those who sacrifice so much for us. The PVA is a leading advocate for the improvement in the quality of health care for our veterans. Everyone knows that I care deeply about charitable work so this is a natural partnership."

"You know, I've been going to Atlanta for a long time and it's always been one of the best tracks on the schedule. I can remember the first race after they reconfigured the racing surface to the current design. Bobby (Labonte, teammate) won and I finished sixth. There is no reason why we can't do that again, except this time we would both be driving for Petty Enterprises. That would be a great day, man."

"You know, when the '24' car hit the inside wall at Las Vegas last week, that was a hit that you don't think about happening anymore. When the SAFER barriers were introduced, they gave us a certain level of comfort while we were racing. Well, when we see a car hit like that, that comfort level comes down a little. Sometimes we are reactive instead of proactive in this sport. But I am confident that by the time we get to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009, that opening will be fixed and SAFER barriers will pad every concrete wall circling the track."

Kyle Petty at Atlanta Motor Speedway

* When it comes to running at AMS, Petty has experience. He has competed there 54 times, which is tied with the Martinsville Speedway for the most in his career.

* Petty has scored two top-5s and 11 top-10s at Atlanta; his most recent top-10 came in 2006 when he finished eighth.

* This weekend, Petty concludes his cross-country motorcycle ride. During the three-week trip he logged over 5,200 miles on his bike.

* During Petty's years of racing at AMS he has completed 14,990 of 17,435 laps (86.0%), including 88 laps led.

* Petty has finished 70.4% of his races at the track in a higher position than where he started.

* Petty's Victory Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament, held last weekend in Phoenix, raised $110,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty