A press release notes NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will lead nearly 200 motorcyclists along the 2,500 mile route, stretching from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Branson, Mo., to raise funds and awareness of Victory Junction – a camp Petty created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
The riders plan to make a refueling stop at Ash Spring about 9:45 a.m. on their way from Tonopah to Bryce Canyon, Utah.
Petty said, “Each year, we select a route that’s full of breathtaking scenery, while also allowing us to spread the word and build excitement around our mission along the way. Year after year, the Ride creates lasting memories for our riders, most importantly, it provides life-changing opportunities for children at Victory Junction.”
The ride is to leave Santa Cruz, Calif. May 2 and arrive in Branson, Mo. May 8.
As a result of the annual charity ride, some 7,815 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. The camp has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.
Victory Junction, in Randleman, North Carolina, a little south of Greensboro, is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions and or serious illnesses.
Petty is the leader of the ride, and now in its 21st year, more than 7,500 riders have logged 11.1 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $16 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.
Other celebrities who have said they will participate this year include NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and seven-time champion Richard Petty, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison, former NFL great Herschel Walker, Harley-Davidson, Inc, President and CEO Matt Levatich, NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Rick Allen, co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood.