SKANEATELES, NY - It's almost 11 years to the day since Adam Petty was killed during practice for a NASCAR race at New Hampshire International Speedway, and his dad never escapes a special feeling of sadness when May and Mother's Day roll around.
As Kyle Petty prepares for the start of his 17th annual charity motorcycle ride, he says "being around people on the ride and being able to help people during this week has a little bit of a healing effect."
Adam Petty, just 19, was killed on May 12, 2000, only weeks after running in his only Cup race, a debut that had made the Petty family the only four-generation family in NASCAR.
Kyle Petty started his charity ride in the 1990s, and it normally has been a trek from the West Coast across the country.
This year, for just the third time, the ride is going from north to south.