This week for the These Dads Are Doing It Right series I wanted to share with you some dads who made a name for themselves on the race track as well as off the track. These dads work in the NASCAR world, but help others in their communities. If there are any other dads that you think we should check out leave their name and info in the comment section below.
Kyle Petty – A Legendary NASCAR Family
In 1995, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles. He created the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. One of the most successful and popular charity events in the country, the annual motorcycle trek engages celebrities, Ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans and local communities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. Since 1995, 8,875 riders have logged nearly 12.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $20 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.
Michael McDowell has been on a race track almost his entire life. At the early age of three, McDowell began competing in bicycle motocross (BMX) events. At eight years old, he moved up to four wheels and started kart racing. Plus he was traveling the country for the next 10 years. At that time he was winning 18 consecutive feature races. Plus, he won a World Karting Association championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships. In 2021 Michael won the Daytona 500. Michael and his wife are blessed with four kids. In addition, Michael and his wife are advocates for adoption and share their family’s story.
The Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund is dedicated to advocating for infertility education. In addition, they raise awareness and removing financial barriers. They do this by granting monetary awards to couples who require fertility treatments to have their own bundle of joy. Kyle spoke with me about him and his wife’s infertility story. To learn more how to help his foundation check out the foundation’s site here.
The mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children. The foundation was established in 2010 by Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana. The Kevin Harvick Foundation works to improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams. “There are many children who have dreams of becoming a race car driver, a policeman, a doctor or scientist, but don’t see a way to achieve those dreams,” said Kevin. “DeLana and I want to provide opportunities to children who might not realize their potential and give them the courage to pursue their dreams.” Look out for my interview with Kevin on The Art of Fatherhood podcast.