Kyle Petty Charity Ride day four

Kyle Petty, founder of the Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is scheduled to join NBC's TODAY SHOW tomorrow (Friday morning) June 29th, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Petty will appear live via satellite from the Ride's latest stop in ...

Kyle Petty, founder of the Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is scheduled to join NBC's TODAY SHOW tomorrow (Friday morning) June 29th, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Petty will appear live via satellite from the Ride's latest stop in Branson, MO prior to getting back on his bike to lead the 200-plus motorcyclists on their Day-6 jaunt to Memphis, TN.

The Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America came through Kansas City, MO on Wednesday, June 27, making a stop at Children's Mercy Hospital. Petty was joined by 75 Charity Ride participants, as well as his wife Pattie and father Richard Petty, NASCAR drivers Steve Park, Kenny Schrader and Tim Fedewa, and team owners Michael Krannefus and Gail Davis. The Charity Ride posted donations of $20,000 to Children's Mercy and $10,000 to STARBRIGHT Foundation. The funds donated to Children's Mercy will aid in the building of a new floor of the hospital and the addition of at least 25 more beds.

Isaiah Josh, an 18-year patient at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, presented Kyle and Pattie Petty with a special gift upon their arrival at the facility. Isaiah was also a patient at the hospital when Adam Petty, the late son of Kyle and Pattie, was a visitor last year. Isaiah gave a plaque to Kyle and Pattie with his own drawing of the #45 NASCAR entry formerly driven by Adam, with the inscribed words, "For children and life." Isaiah created the gift as a symbol of Adam's visit, remembering "the time they spent together and the laughter they shared."

While at a fuel stop in Abilene, KS, Kyle Petty was presented with a donation to the Charity Ride by a group of local citizens. Four employees at the local auto repair shop in Abilene went into action when they heard Petty would be visiting their town as part of the fundraising event. In just under two hours, the employees raised $132.50, and drove directly to the filling station to present the check to Petty in person.

Victory Motorcycles and Red Wing Shoes, both corporate partners of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, teamed together to host a dinner for the Charity Ride participants in Overland Park, KS. Victory Motorcycles has participated in the Charity Ride for three years as a sponsor, while Red Wing shoes is celebrating its inaugural year of involvement. During the local fans were able to meet Kyle and Richard Petty and view the footwear and motorcycles of choice for the Ride.

** The national charity for the 2001 Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty, the Camp will serve as a retreat for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses and will be in honor of their son, Adam Petty. The Camp, the seventh in a network of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded for Kids by Paul Newman, is scheduled to open in Summer 2004 in Randleman, NC. Since its formation in 1995, For more information on participating in or making a contribution to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America and many other programs of support, log on to www.kylepettycharityride.com or contact the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary at 5700 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC, 28027, by email at wcrwa@aol.com, or call 704.455.9299.

-KPCRAA

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Adam Petty , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Paul Newman , Richard Petty