Petty is True Value's second nominee DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 1998) Kyle Petty, whose "Charity Ride Across America" annually raises over half a million dollars, is the second quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year ...
Petty is True Value's second nominee
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 1998) Kyle Petty, whose "Charity Ride Across America" annually raises over half a million dollars, is the second quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award.
True Value, the "Official Hardware Store of NASCAR," for the third straight year is sponsoring the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year. The award, designed to honor a driver who proves one can be a winner off the track as well as on the track, is based on involvement such as community service and charitable efforts.
Sterling Marlin, the driver of the No. 40 Team SABCO/Coors Light Chevrolet, was the first quarter nominee.
Petty, who drives the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, started his Charity Ride Across America in 1995 to combine his love for motorcycles with his passion for children's issues.
The 1998 ride consisted of 130 riders including Petty's father, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Richard Petty, and several other drivers from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as well as a few players from the National Football League. The proceeds from this year's ride will benefit Children's Mercy Hospital at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of Kentucky Children's Hospital; Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and the NASCAR Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary.
This year's ride started in Fontana, Calif., on May 4 and traveled through 52 cities until ending 2,600 miles and eight states later in Trinity, N.C. "Pit stops" were made in Kansas City and Lexington, Ky., to visit patients in children's hospitals there and to drop off donations.
"To see the kids' faces light up at these hospitals makes every mile on this ride worthwhile," Kyle Petty said. "This charity has helped raise well over a million dollars over the first three years, and is rapidly recruiting more riders and more support every year."
Butch Mock, owner of the No. 75 Remington Arms Ford driven by Rick Mast, was a first-time participant on the ride this year. He was left with a lasting impression.
"I really can't say that I knew Kyle very well before this ride, but to see the way that he conducts this entire event is unbelievable," Mock said. "You can tell that this is a very important cause for him. It was certainly one of the most gratifying things I have ever done in my life, and I have to thank Kyle for that."
The remainder of the proceeds not earmarked to the various children's charities are used to benefit the NASCAR Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary.
"We see the benefits of this ride first hand," said Diane Hough, the director of the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary as well as the event coordinator for the Charity Ride Across America. "We created a trust to aid those who may be affected by an accident, as well as help organize Kyle's charity ride to support this trust."
For the purpose of determining the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. The national NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award will be chosen by a blue-chip panel from the list of quarterly nominees. The year-end winner will receive a prize of $50,000, which will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his choice.
In addition to the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award, True Value sponsors the Man of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible driver who wins each of the 33 NASCAR Winston Cup championship events. Each True Value Man of the Race Award winner receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to the charity of his choice.
The third quarter nominee will be announced Sept. 11, 1998. Source: NASCAR Online