Kyle Petty is a former NASCAR driver turned racing analyst who has become one of the most popular personalities in all of sports. As a member of one of NASCAR’s pioneer families, Petty is as much a product of racing as he is of his famous father, Richard Petty – “The King,” and grandfather, Lee Petty. While his name will forever connect him to NASCAR, Petty has made significant strides outside of racing in the world of music and philanthropy.
Petty received his first guitar at age 12 by a traveling preacher at the racetrack. Soon after, he began writing his own music, finding creative influences in Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Carole King, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce. In the ‘80s, Petty took to the stage for a brief period after signing with RCA Records. He opened up for acts such as Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys and Hank Williams, Jr. Today, Petty is represented by Dolphus Ramseur of Ramseur Records and frequently performs his original music in intimate shows across North Carolina and surrounding states.
In addition to racing and music, Petty has always been a champion of philanthropy. For more than 26 years, Petty has hosted his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America – one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. To date, the Ride has raised more than $19 million for a variety of children’s hospitals and Victory Junction – a camp created by Petty and his family in honor of his late son, Adam, to provide life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses. Since its inception in 2004, Victory Junction has provided more than 60,000 camp experiences to campers and their families – both onsite at the camp and offsite at participating hospitals and medical facilities through its REACH program.
Outside of his music and philanthropic efforts, you can watch Petty on NBCSN's daily show, NASCAR America and on pre- and post-race NASCAR Cup and Xfinity coverage on NBC and NBCSN. He also co-hosts the weekly radio show, "Fast Talk" on the Performance Racing Network. Petty resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Morgan, and son, Overton.