The buzz on Adam Petty when he was coming up through the stock-car ranks was that he could talk like his father, Kyle, and drive like his grandfather, King Richard Petty.
Adam sadly never got to realize his full potential as a driver, perishing 14 years ago today in a crash during practice for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He was just 19 years old.
Above all else, Adam shared two things with his famous father and grandfather: The first was the broad, easy Petty grin, a warm and friendly smile for anyone who was near. The second was a devotion to community and serving others.
Although Adam is no longer physically present, his values and his service can still be found at Victory Junction Gang Camp, the camp founded for kids in Adam’s honor.
Victory Junction, in Randleman, N.C., enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families.
So today, we think about Adam and the entire Petty family, and celebrate his life and the work that continues to this day in his name.