Kyle Petty Charity Ride first day report

NOTES & QUOTES - DAY ONE MEMPHIS PREVIEW: The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America rolled into Memphis a week before its anticipated arrival on Friday, June 29, but this time on four wheels instead of two. Scott Kuhn, a general mechanic for...

NOTES & QUOTES - DAY ONE

MEMPHIS PREVIEW: The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America rolled into Memphis a week before its anticipated arrival on Friday, June 29, but this time on four wheels instead of two. Scott Kuhn, a general mechanic for Kyle Petty's No. 45 Team, competed in his second ARCA event of the season, finishing eighth in his fourth event overall, carrying a Victory Junction Gang Camp / Kyle Petty Charity Ride scheme on his No. 43 Pontiac. Austin Petty served as Grand Marshall for the event.

WE'RE LAUNCHED: You will no longer need a motorcycle to join the riders of the Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America as they head east from California to North Carolina. With the launch of the newly redesigned www.kylepettycharityride.com <http://www.kylepettycharityride.com> in conjunction with the start of the ride on Sunday morning, June 24th, visitors are now able to log on and follow the events almost as quickly as they happen.

FOX SPECIAL EDITION HELMET: To commend FOX on the completion of the end of their first season of broadcasting NASCAR, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride will produce a one-of-a-kind helmet commemorating FOX's inaugural season. The helmet will be autographed by all of the FOX Sports broadcast members including Darrell Waltrip, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Chris Myers, etc. The helmet will be debuted on the broadcast from Sears Point in the Hollywood Hotel on Sunday, June 24th. Bidding plans for the helmet will be announced on this site. David Smith of Phoenix Designs created the special paint scheme.

JOINING THE RIDE IN PROGRESS: Kyle Petty will be the "leader of the pack, this time of off the race track, as he pilots the 7th Annual 2001 Sprint / Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The annual cross-country motorcycle trek will leave from Folsom, CA on June 24 moving to Elko, NV for its first overnight stop. Event founder and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will join the ride in Elko, as will several other NASCAR personalities, after competing in the Winston Cup Race at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Before the Charity Ride's final stop on Sunday, July 1 at the Petty Farm in Trinity, NC, the caravan of over 200 motorcycles plans to make overnight stops in Grand Junction, CO, Hays, KS, Kansas City, MO, Branson, MO, Memphis, TN, and Pigeon Forge, TN.

TRANSFER OF FUNDS: UltimateTV from Microsoft made a quick transfer of funds following qualifying for the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Sears Point this weekend. UltimateTV, was to adorn the rear quarter panels and decklid of Kenny Wallace's Eel River Pontiac, sharing the rear of the car with a logo of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, but Wallace narrowly missed the race. UltimateTV has taken the program, which called for the Victory Junction Gang Camp to receive $50 for every lap Wallace completed on Sunday, and moved it to the #45 team driven by Petty.

** 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.

-KPCR-

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Adam Petty , Kyle Petty , Kenny Wallace , Paul Newman , David Smith