Charity ride reveals Texas' love of racing

May 5, 2010, 10:14 PM

By: Eddie Gossage

Day 5 of Kyle Petty's "Charity Ride Across America" included a 502-mile ride through the Lone Star State between Amarillo and Texarkana.

It is certainly great to be back home. You can tell that Texas is home to the best fans in motorsports. The outpouring of support we've seen since we crossed the state line has been remarkable.

When we drove through other states, we'd see people here and there, but as soon as we made our way into Texas we saw fans taking photos on overpasses and supporters lining the streets and holding signs. A group of fans who call themselves "TMS Nation" made the trip to Nocona to show their support and make a donation to Victory Junction. Like I remind everyone, Texas isn't just a football state; Texas is also a racing state.

Along on this year's ride is 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth. People don't realize that Matt has a wicked sense of humor, and that was on full display Wednesday as he was giving Kyle Petty's son Austin a hard time.

Kenseth, a longtime Green Bay Packers fan, and Austin, a Philadelphia Eagles fan, decided to place a bet on the season-opening game between the two. Matt was egging him on and told him, "If your team is so good, then they should back it up."

That's Matt for you.


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