Posted on May 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM
NOCONA, TX - Highway 82 in North Texas was packed with riders as nearly 200 cyclists joined former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty for a charity ride across America.
Former Cowboys running back Herschel Walker had a new bike built just for this ride.
"I've been telling a lot of players that have been riding motorcycles, they need to come out here because this can keep them out of danger," Walker says.
NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth will ride for a few days before racing in Darlington this weekend.
"It's fun to come and be able to do a few days," Kenseth says. "But in between two Saturday night races, you don't get a lot of time."
By the time they finish this ride, they will have traveled 3500 miles from California to North Carolina. It's a ride for charity and because it's for charity, it's gotten bigger year after year.
"Nineteen years ago, me and Kyle and a couple of other guys went riding up through New England and had a great time," says Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. "Our wives were angry at us for being gone, so we decided the only way we could do this again is if we did it for charity. Then the wives couldn't complain."
Between Wichita Falls and Nacona, Gossage turned his Harley into a two wheeled office, negotiating a deal for Robbie Knievel to jump again at the IRL race in June. He admits at times, his phone conversations on the bike can get a little long.
Money from this ride goes to the Victory Junction Camp, a foundation formed to honor Petty's son Adam who died during NASCAR practice at New Hampshire in 2000.
"After Adam was killed, the focus of the ride itself changed, we had been going to Children's hospitals all those years," says Petty. "We continue to go to children's hospitals, but the focus of the ride has been for the Victory Junction Gang Camp which is a camp we built in honor and memory if him.
The ride will end in nine days in Randleman, North Carolina on Sunday.