Kyle Petty Charity Ride celebrates 20 years by going coast to coast
Kyle Petty celebrated the 20th anniversary of his charity motorcycle ride last beek by riding from Carlsbad, Calif. to Daytona Beach, Fla., raising money along the way.
By Jay Pennell
On Saturday afternoon, Kyle Petty and nearly 200 motorcyclists made rode into Daytona Beach, Fla. the final stop on the 20th Kyle Petty Charity Ride. The stop marked the end of a week-long trip that spanned coast to coast, creating memories and raising money for Victory Junction along the way.
Started in 1995, Petty's charity ride has grown leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, with the number of riders increasing each year and the routes hitting 48 of the 50 states.
This year, the ride began in Carlsbad, Calif then made stops in Las Cruces, N.M., Midland, Texas, Austin, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, New Orleans, La., Tallahassee, Fla., before ending in Daytona Beach.
The ride featured celebrity riders such as former NASCAR drivers Richard Petty and Harry Gant, FOX Sports personalities Rutledge Wood and Rick Allen, Texas Motor Speedway track president Eddie Gossage, and former NFL star Herschel Walker.
"What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children," Petty said prior to the trip.
The money raised during the week-long trip goes to benefit Victory Junction, a camp set up in memory of Petty's son Adam. Over the years, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride has helped send more than 7,730 children to Victory Junction, at no cost to their parents.