Kyle Petty begins his annual Ride Across America charity motorcycle ride this weekend. But we caught up with him before his journey and asked him to comment on the Sprint Cup race this weekend in Darlington.
"I think the favorite is Kyle Busch," said Petty. "He's shown so much over the last six weeks. The place gets really, really slick. You have to just race the race track and at the end you are racing the other drivers. He's not going to get rattled by it."
We also asked him to comment on the legendary track and he said that his father's crash in 1970 stands out in his mind most. But he clearly has an appreciation for the grand old track in South Carolina.
"Darlington is still NASCAR," he said. "Darlington is a big race historically because of the guys who won there. My father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Junior Johnson. This was our first Super Speedway. The drivers came right off the dirt tracks to Darlington and my grandfather told me that at first, it was so big, the drivers we scared off the banking. They stayed away from it. We have Daytona and Indy, so it's not the biggest race of the season, and you are not going to make the most money, but because of the history in Darlington, you want a trophy from that race."