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BLOG: Kansas Speedway- Victory Junction on “Dialed In”; Paul Newman comments September 27, 2008

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Claire B. – Saturday, September 27, 2008

Patty Petty Joined “Dialed In” yesterday to talk about the new “Victory Junction Gang Camp” in Kansas (www.victoryjunction.org). Thanks to all the “Dialed In” listeners who called in an pledged to send the camp $148.00 on behalf of those who hang out to listen to the show on Channel 148. That is way cool!

During the conversation, Patty made some interesting comments about Kyle’s future at Petty Enterprises. I asked her about how she helps to cheer Kyle up when things are challenging on the track. That led to a lot of emails and questions from Kyle Petty fans as to exactly what she said – so here’s the transcript.

Patty Petty on “Dialed In” with Claire B Lang
Friday September 26th, – LIVE at Kansas Speedway

CBL: How do you pump Kyle up after a bad day qualifying – You know his family owns the company….he qualifies as best he can, in and out of the car just a little bit. Is a racer at heart – he has other things……but still -.the man still wants to do good in the car.

Patty Petty: “He does he wants to be in a good race car he still does and then that’s the hardest thing is to see him thinking ok well you know the Petty Enterprises situation – this is probably his last race in that car. They want a younger driver and that’s their prerogative and that means you’re going out trying to look for another ride.

CBL: Will he do that you think?

Patty Petty: “He’s trying to get another ride. There’s not really a lot of other rides out there and you know the rides that are open they are wanting these younger drivers and experience – when Kyle came along Junior Johnson wouldn’t talk to you or nobody would until you had ten or fifteen years experience and the tables have turned and it’s not experience it’s youth. It is what it is in our sport. It’s not that I like it because I think he still is a very talented driver a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge that he could offer a team. I wish he could get another ride but you know we’ll see what the Lord has in store for us and ah he closed this door with Petty enterprises and we’ll what the next door is that he has for us to open but in the meantime the most important thing for us to remember is that life is not about us and God did not put us here on earth to make life about ourselves. My husband will tell you that you never looked so tall as when you bend down to help a child and that’s what it is all about.

Robbie Loomis on Kyle Petty’s Future with Petty Enterprises
This (Saturday) morning I went into the garage to find Robbie Loomis Vice President of Racing Operations Robbie Loomis and I asked him about plans for Kyle Petty. He said Kyle has not been released.

Here’s what he told me: “When Kyle started doing TV a couple of years ago – we knew at that time that it was time to look at the future and a younger driver. We had our eye on Chad McCumbee for quite a while. Unfortunately, Petty Enterprises does not have a Nationwide team. Therefore, the only way we can evaluate Chad at the level we feel we need to is by putting him in the situation to have to qualify for these races. There will probably not be any tougher challenge for him or for this team than to be in a situation to have to make the race. We’re going to put (Chad) in and he’ll run five more races this year. Kyle will run at Phoenix and Terry Labonte will run at Talladega and that’s going to give us a fair evaluation as to where we are at for our driver line up for next year.” Loomis told me that Petty is not out by any means. “We are definitely planning to run Kyle in some races next year, Loomis told me. “A lot of that will be depends on and will be decided after we watch Chad in these next(upcoming) races.”

“Dialed In” Listeners pledge money to “Victory Junction Gang Camp”
How amazing is this? I am on the air when Dennis from Missouri calls in to talk to Patty Petty and pledges $148 and challenges listeners who like the show to do the same. It’s amazing how many emails and calls I have received on this. Here are some of them:

Doug in Tennessee:
Claire , Just picked up my load in Atlanta, and it has 5 drops. I receive $50 for each extra drop after the 1st drop on top of what the load normally pays. So, in the spirit of today’s show, and out of respect for the Pettys , I am donating the extra $200 to Victory Junction in the name of XM 148 . thanks for keeping us informed.

The Buchanan’s
Just great show today. MJ and I are off to parents day weekend for our daughter. Our 148 is on its way to VJGC. Gary and Mary Jo Buchanan

Owen on the Road:
I’m gonna match the $148….
Keep rockin Claire B.

Owen-On-The-Road

Dennis in Missouri and his wife kicked it off
:

Claire B:
Well, Patty was almost right, I’m a whole lot sweet on you. Ha Ha

My wife is going on the Victory Junction Gang website, and making our donation. I’ll give you the rest of my donation next week at the track.

Your friend in speed
Dennis from Missouri


Victory Junction Gang Donation Mailing Address:

Victory Junction Gang Camp
4500 Adam’s Way
Randleman, NC 27317

What’s amazing to me is the spirit of the race fans and the listeners to “Dialed In”. Patty cracked me up on the show she’s so much fun to have on the air. I hope you were able to listen to it. Remember Dialed in is on a new channel (148) and a new time (3-6 EST daily)

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  • On another note it was terribly sad to hear about the passing of Paul Newman. His was one of the great stories of a life well lived. He gave to many, he enjoyed life, he had a great marriage, he was truly decent. I met him several times and interviewed him and he was a guy who turned the spotlight away from himself and didn’t do many appearances because he preferred not to have attention on himself. Not painfully shy – but absolutely ducked from anything that put the spotlight on him.

    On the passing of Paul Newman – this statement was released today by Tony Stewart –
    Statement from Tony Stewart Regarding the Passing of Paul Newman

    “Paul Newman was a phenomenal individual who made a profound impact throughout his life. His acting skills are well-known, but equally impressive was his desire to give back and help those who just didn’t get the same shake out of life that we did.

    “I got to know him through our time helping build Victory Junction Gang Camp and during my handful of races in the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. We connected as racers, but Paul’s ideas of what we should do for charity is what really resonated with me the most.

    “He set the bar, not only with his giving, but in how he gave. Whether it was through his own line of food products – Newman’s Own – or his work in helping create the Hole in the Wall Camps, Paul did it right, and he did it with class. He’ll be terribly missed.”

    “Paul Newman – a real American hero, an inspiration to me in much that I have attempted in my adult life. Not so much for the parts he played but for the man that he was. He was one of Hollywood’s greatest. He could not only talk the talk on film but more importantly could walk the walk as a private citizen. As a young man he was an American hero who served his country in one of the U.S. Army Air Corps’ most dangerous assignments in western Europe. Additionally, his charitable enterprizes have generated 10’s of millions for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of underpriviledged Americans. He will be never forgotten, may he rest in peace.”

    – Jack Roush on the passing of Paul Newman
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul Newman and his family. Make the most of every minute.

    More later.
    Claire B

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    1. Jessie from Orlando - September 27, 2008

    Claire B,

    We lost an amazing American last night. Paul Newman had his own ideas of idealism, in that he turned the spotlight away from himself, enjoyed a good joke-just ask Robert Redford, saw the good in the common folk, and gave away more then he ever took-his Newman Foundation gives away millions, loved his family, turned Tragedy into Triumph-look at the Scott Newman Foundation and Hole In The Wall Camps for Children and was an all around good guy! Paul we will miss you! Joanne & Family you have our deepest sympathy………

    2. Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) - September 28, 2008

    I know that Kyle is looking for a ride and it’s tough to be on the outside looking in, with the advent of the new owners, but to be the “Plan B” for the car if McCumbee doesn’t work out must not feel that great in his heart.

    Statistically, if the new owners would take a peek at the past, the one year that Kyle stepped down from CEO at PE and just drove the car, his performance improved. Then he stepped back in the CEO role and he went back to being performance challenged.

    For the Kyle Petty fan, I’d like to see that happen. For me, I really enjoy his perspective in the TV booth. He has the fresh insight to what’s happening in the car and for me, it shows.

    3. Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) - September 28, 2008

    It must feel like cr*p to be *plan B* if McCumbee doesn’t pan out after all this time at PE. Some years ago, Kyle had stepped down from the CEO duties for one season and his performance improved. When he went back to the CEO type duties the following season, his performance reflected this change. Coincidence? Who knows. I know Kyle fans would like to see him have that opportunity as a driver, but I have really enjoyed Kyle’s presence in the telecast booth. He brings a lot of new, fresh knowledge to the booth. (I apologize if this is a duplicate. I could not find my first comment effort.)


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