NASCAR family brings ride to Ti

TICONDEROGA Richard Petty doesnt see his familys success as anything unusual.

My daddy was the first, Petty said while visiting Ticonderoga July 15. When I was 21 I became a NASCAR driver, as did my son, Kyle. It's like being a farmer and passing it from generation to generation only we arent farmers.

No, the Petty family is the most dominant force in stock car racing history.

Lee Petty started the family business in 1949, establishing himself as the most successful driver on the NASCAR Grand national Division (now known as Winston Cup).

His son Richard joined him on the track in 1958 and became known as the King of auto racing. He is best known for winning the NASCAR championship seven times, winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times and winning a record 27 races (ten of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 top-ten finishes in his 1,185 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971-1989.

In 1979 Richards son Kyle became a NASCAR driver and has gone on to win championships as well.

In 1998 Kyles son Adam joined the ranks of professional drivers. In 2000 he was killed in a crash at the New Hampshire International Speed-way

Which is why Richard and Kyle Petty made the trip to Ticonderoga.

They were taking part in the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

The annual motorcycle trek features NASCAR celebrities, ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts and fans traveling cross-country to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and other childrens charities. Joining the Pettys in Ti were former National Football League star Herschel Walker, model Niki Taylor, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Harry Gant and others.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam. Located in North Carolina, the camp opened in June 2004 to serve children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

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