A Tribute to Adam Petty
The 2019 throwback design honors the late Adam Petty - son of Kyle and grandson of Richard. The scheme is a tribute to Adam's ARCA Racing Series victory at Charlotte on Sept. 20, 1998. It was his only career win in the series. Adam passed away in a practice crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000.
"To be here, to have Bubba drive the car and for it to be my dad's car and with Victory Junction to be on the car, it's our 15th anniversary, it's hard to believe that he would have been 39 years old this year, so it's hard to believe it's been that long," Kyle said. "But to have this car here, to have it at Darlington and for everything that Darlington means to our family, what it means to this sport, it was just the perfect time."
“It’s truly an honor and a top throwback that I’ve been part of and knowing the history behind the Petty family and Adam’s vision and seeing it come to life at Victory Junction, I think this really speaks for Adam and what his vision was. I was too young to know him and I feel like we would have had a great time, to grow together and to bring this organization back to where it needs to be.” - Bubba Wallace
More Than Just Racing
In accordance to the Bojangles' Southern 500 media day, Bubba Wallace also got the opportunity to visit with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee. Bubba participated in a Q/A with the kids, was given a tour of the club and finished up playing games.
Also in attendance at the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee, was the family of Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway - Sgt. Carraway, a lifelong resident of Darlington and 30-year veteran of the neighboring Florence Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on October 3, 2018. Carraway devoted countless volunteer hours to the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee.
“To have Bubba Wallace and both Richard and Kyle Petty, and the folks at Victory Junction, here today with us at Darlington, it’s an honor. We’re closing in on our race weekend and this will be the fifth year of our throwback weekend and there is no better way to throw it back than to have Richard Petty Motorsports here today to honor the legacy of Adam Petty.” - Kerry Tharp, President of Darlington Raceway