BRUNO: Kyle Petty Charity Ride Q&A, part one

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This week, NASCAR Winston Cup driver took some time out from his Charity Ride Across America to be a guest of the Tony Bruno Show, 8 a.m. to noon weekdays on . In the first of two parts, Bruno and Petty talked about the destinations on the route and the Woodstock-like proportions of the concert that's waiting at the end of the ride on Petty's North Carolina farm. If your Harley's in the shop and you would like to make a contribution, log on to, or call 1-888-45-PETTY for more information. For more on the ride and Kyle's season, for 's interview with him or read Steve Byrnes' .
NASCAR on FOX June 30 at Milwaukee and July 4-6 at Daytona

  • Sun. June 30, BUSCH: GNC LIVE WELL 250, 2 p.m. ET on FX
  • Thurs. July 4, CUP: BUD POLE QUALIFYING, 8 p.m. ET on FX
  • Fri. July 5, CUP: HAPPY HOUR, 6 p.m. ET on FX
  • Fri. July 5, BUSCH: GNC LIVE WELL/STACKER 2 250, 7 p.m. ET on FX
  • Sat. July 6, CUP: PEPSI 400, 7 p.m. ET on FOX
  • Tony Bruno: You started this thing on Sunday right? You're doing this big charity ride with motorcycles, and you started in Northern California, the Bay Area, right? : The ride actually started Sunday morning from the Marriott in Napa. , ,, , and I cheated. Since we raced in Sonoma, we flew to Jackpot, Nev. and caught up with them. We drove to Jackson Hole, Wyo., then to Cheyenne. Then we'll go to Omaha, Neb., Chicago, Cleveland, Hot Springs, Va., and then back down to North Carolina, where we all live. T.B.: Wow! That's quite a bike ride, and of course this is the Charity Ride Across America. How many bikers involved in this thing? K.P.: There's 150 to 160 of us. It's a pretty cool program. We started about eight years ago, doing it and raising money for different children's hospitals. That's what we try to do. When we hit some of the bigger cities, we stop at different children's hospitals. Over the last seven or eight years, we've been able to donate about $2.5 million to different children's charities. This year, we changed it a little bit. We're starting a camp in North Carolina, in memory of my son, Adam, for chronically ill children. It'll be called the Victory Junction Gang camp. A lot of the money this year will go toward that. The people on the ride enjoy the cause as much as they enjoy the ride. T.B.: When do you arrive in North Carolina? Because a lot of these drivers you mentioned are NASCAR Winston Cup drivers so they don't have time to shut it down for weeks; so you'll be done next week? Is that how this thing is mapped out? K.P.: We're back on Sunday. Some of these guys are leaving and going to run the Busch race up in Milwaukee this weekend. Some of us are going to run the whole ride. We get back next Sunday. We always have a concert at the end of the ride. I have a farm, and we have a concert. Last year we had Lynyrd Skynyrd. This year we've got Jo Dee Messina and Trace Adkins, more of a country-theme, so we're pretty excited about that. All the money from that day goes to a local children's hospital near where we live. It's grown year by year. Last year we rode all the way back home and got to my house in North Carolina where we had 24,000 people waiting to see Lynyrd Skynyrd so that was a huge crowd to come home to. T.B.: Now the people obviously will contribute for your ride, but other people can ride in this thing and contribute. That's how it works. Do people just join this ride across America along the way? K.P.: Some people will come along, and if they're staying at a hotel, they'll come and talk to us, and they'll join in with us. Most of the people start from the very beginning, and they pay a fee to be a part of the ride the whole week. Riders pay $8 to $10,000 apiece to come ride on this thing so it's a little expensive, but it's a lot of fun. Then we've got sponsors like Sprint, Coca-Cola and Victory Motorcycles. We have a multitude of sponsors that have been part of this ride for the last four or five years, and it's grown corporately as much as it has any other way.
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