Richard Childress Racing
August 3, 2012
RCR Pit Crews Visit Victory Junction
It was an inspiring scene at Victory Junction as RCR's weekend warriors donned feather boas with their pit crew shirts, danced with the campers and shouted the camp cheer.
Members of the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series pit crews visited Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C. Tuesday night, participating in the camp's weekly NASCARnival celebration. It was an inspiring scene as the weekend warriors donned feather boas with their pit crew shirts, danced with the campers and shouted the camp cheer.
NASCARnival has become a summertime tradition at Victory Junction. Once a week, pit crews from various NASCAR teams tour the phenomenal 70-plus acre facility and visit with the campers. Following their tour and a quick archery lesson from staff member Larry, the RCR crews enjoyed dinner with the campers. After dinner, the guys joined in the nightly dance-a-thon and then headed outside for NASCARnival. Each team member added a feather boa to their pit shirt ensemble and after getting the crowd wound up, demonstrated pit stops, changing all four tires on the No. 45 Victory Junction machine. Afterwards, the RCR crew mingled with the kids, helping those that wanted with a turn at changing a tire on a race car. The NASCARnival was complete with a cotton candy, dunk-your-own Krispy Kreme donuts, slurpies, ice cream, a dunk tank, hot air balloon rides and this week, a visit from the local fire department provided a waterfall to play in from the fire hose on the ladder truck. Some of the RCR crew took a turns in the hot air balloon and dunk tank, providing laughter for everyone. As the guys walked back to their cars and trucks at the end of the evening, the smiles were huge, the feather boas were still around their necks and they were already talking about how they couldn’t wait to come back next year.
Kyle and Pattie Petty started the Victory Junction Gang Camp for chronically ill children in Randleman, N.C. in 2004 in memory of their son Adam. The camp serves nearly 4,000 chronically ill children at no cost to them or their families. Victory Junction has enriched the lives of more than 14,000 children and families since its inception, welcoming children from 50 states and four countries. For more information on Victory Junction, please visit www.victoryjunction.org.