Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America turning 20, reveals 2014 route

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This year marks the 20th anniversary for one of NASCAR’s bigger charity events – the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. Yesterday, the Ride revealed the 2014 route for the cross-country motorcycle run.

On Sat., May 3, a group of more than 175 riders will begin their 2,800-mile trek from Carlsbad, California. One week later on Sat., May 10, they’ll arrive in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Ride will raise money and awareness for the Petty family’s Victory Junction Camp, which gives children stricken with chronic and life-threatening illnesses the chance to have fun and enjoy being kids.

Over the last decade, the Camp – which was created in 2004 in honor of Kyle’s late son, Adam – has hosted more than 7,730 children at no cost to their families thanks to the Ride.

“What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children,” Kyle said in a press release.

“This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way.”

Among the luminaries set to take part in all or part of this year’s 20th Anniversary Ride are:

  • Kyle’s father, seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty
  • 2003 Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth
  • Former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder Geoff Bodine
  • NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison
  • Former NFL great Herschel Walker
  • Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Col. Allen West
  • Co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood

Here’s the day-by-day route. Fans can follow the riders daily through the Ride’s Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram at both @KylePetty and @KPCharityRide.

  • Day 1 Saturday, May 3 – Carlsbad, Calif. to Tucson, Ariz.
  • Day 2 Sunday, May 4 – Tucson, Ariz. to Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Day 3 Monday, May 5 – Las Cruces, N.M. to Midland, Texas
  • Day 4 Tuesday, May 6 – Midland, Texas to Austin, Texas
  • Day 5 Wednesday, May 7 – Austin, Texas to Beaumont, Texas
  • Day 6 Thursday, May 8 – Beaumont, Texas to New Orleans
  • Day 7 Friday, May 9 – New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Day 8 Saturday, May 10 – Tallahassee, Fla. to Daytona Beach, Fla.

UPDATE 2: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama once again under red-flag race stoppage

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UPDATE No. 2: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was closing in on restarting on Lap 23 or 24 before officials threw the second red flag race stoppage because of lingering puddles on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, particularly on the front stretch. We’ll keep you updated as situations warrant.

UPDATE No. 1: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).

Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.

While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.

As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.

Catch the race live on NBCSN.