STATESVILLE, N.C. -- While Reed Sorenson and his Richard Petty Motorsports team practice the No. 43 McDonald's Dodge on the flat, half-mile track at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Petty and a bunch of friends plan on enjoying the inaugural...
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- While Reed Sorenson and his Richard Petty Motorsports team practice the No. 43 McDonald's Dodge on the flat, half-mile track at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Petty and a bunch of friends plan on enjoying the inaugural "King of the Road" Motorcycle Charity Ride. The ride, which will traverse the Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina and benefits the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
After lunch, the riders begin the ride at the former home of Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, N.C. amid the annual Petty Fan Day activities. The ride travels to the W.G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C. where riders will visit service men and women. The final stop will be at an open house at Richard Petty Motorsports in Statesville.
RICHARD PETTY--"I really have a passion for motorcycles, a lot of people may not know that, so this is a perfect fit for me. We chose Martinsville weekend because we consider that our 'home' track and we hope the fans will make the short trip down to join us on the ride. If you've never had the opportunity to hop on a motorcycle and ride through the Piedmont-Triad area during October, it really is breathtaking. We're going to have a lot of fun, but I hope this makes people pause and think about how important the PVA is to a lot of people in this country. I'll be up in Martinsville on Sunday, but they'll have to do without me Friday and Saturday as we work on this deal."
REED SORENSON-- "Martinsville is a pretty challenging track. Obviously, there aren't too many tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit that compare. The race starts on Friday. You want a good qualifying run so you can pit a good pit stall. Pit lane is pretty small and it's easy to get boxed in by other cars. Once the race starts you have to stay out of trouble. You can't go to the back of the pack and drive up through like you can at other places so no mistakes are allowed. Once you do all that you have to find a way to pass there and that isn't easy. It's one of the toughest places we race. You're worn out after 500 laps."
* Sunday marks Sorenson's 141st Sprint Cup race. He owns five top-five and 14 top-10 career finishes. He has led 145 laps and earned a pole at Indy in 2007.