2019 Marks the 25th Anniversary for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, and this year is the longest route yet. A 3,700 mile journey benefitting a camp known as Victory Junction.
“Victory Junction is a camp that we built when my oldest son, Adam, was killed in 2000. Its for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. We’ve seen 30,000 kids. This ride is responsible for 8,000 of those kids going to camp. That’s why this ride is important. We send kids to camp. We send kids from all 50 states totally free of charge to all kids that come to camp.. so were out here raising money man,” said Kyle Petty.
This year’s ride consists of two-hundred and fifty motorcyclists. Including Nascar legend Richard Petty and Heisman Trophy winner and former Dallas Cowboy Hershel Walker.
“Im a very big advocate of motorcyles. I love motorcycles, but I thought to ride across the coutntry they were absolutely lost their mind. But then I realized what Victory Junction really was and what it really meant, and I got into it. And I’ve absolutely loved it. The people here.. everyone here is like family. And whats so amazing is that I’ve started here like 15 years ago and most of the people I’ve started with are still riding today,” said Herschel Walker.
“It’s been very successful. I guess this is the grand finale from the stand point this is the furthest that we’ve ever been so he wanted to make something special out of the 25th year,” said Richard Petty.
The route began in Seattle and ends in Key Largo, Florida. 3,700 miles in just five days… with a few stops along the way to greet fans and sign autographs.
Reporter: “Whats your favorite stop?”
“Dinner. No you know… Its good. You get to ride and you get to stop and you get to be around the guys that you’re around, but when the fans come out and want autographs and take pictures and stuff you know it really makes you feel good that the racing parts been good, but they also come out to donate for the Victory Junction,” said Richard Petty.
“They’ll see that theres no difference. That they’re normal. And I love to see that… I love to see a kid smile and thats what makes me want to keep coming back to do this,” said Herschel Walker.
Two-hundred and fifty riders made a quick one hour stop here in texoma. Now its on to the next one.. all the way to Key Largo.