Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- Former Sprint Cup driver and current television commentator Kyle Petty was at Columbia International University Wednesday speaking at a fundraising luncheon for the school's intercollegiate athletic program which gets underway this fall.
Petty is the son of seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty and a third-generation driver who recorded eight wins on NASCAR's top series.
Petty has not competed since 2008 but he is still close to the action. His television duties take him to every track for every race. He also has made an impact in the community with the creation of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally ill children. That facility was created to keep the memory of Kyle's son alive. Adam Petty was just 19 years old when he was killed in 2000 during a practice session at New Hampshire Speedway.
His annual charity motorcycle ride across the country is another of his philanthropic efforts that havebeen a cornerstone of Kyle's post-racing career.
With the Bojangles Southern 500 set for Saturday night in Darlington, Petty gave this assessment - "Love the people, hate the track."
Petty says he never ran well at Darlington and never enjoyed running at the track too tough to tame. In contrast, he says he enjoys the Darlington fans and feels the Pee Dee should always be home to a Sprint Cup event.