NASCAR Hall of Fame: Petty building a family legacy

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - WBTV teamed up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame to bring you an exclusive feature on what's taking place at the hall of fame each month. For our first segment, we learned all about one of racing's most legendary families: the Petty's.

The exhibit features everything from a stock car engine, to pictures of the Petty boys in their high school yearbooks and so much more.

Luckily for WBTV, we had the NASCAR Hall of Fame's exhibits manager, Kevin Schlesier, to show us around.

"It's more than just Richard's contribution," Schlesier said. "It's his father, it's his brother, it's his nephews… all these different people that contribute not only to the sport, but also to the greater good."

The impact that the Petty family had on and off the track is highlighted appropriately throughout the hall of fame. One of the family's biggest events is a camp called Victory Junction, which honors Adam Petty's legacy. The camp is specifically made for children with illnesses to help provide them with opportunities that other kid's receive.

"They have activities for children that are facing challenges, that would really prevent them from enjoying that experience elsewhere," Schlesier said.

On top of charitable efforts, the Petty's were also active in the civic arena. Richard Petty ran for local office and also spoke at the 1980 Republican National Convention.

This exhibit is scheduled to run through August 2017.

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