Monday, March 1, 2010

One Million Reasons to Like Dale Jr.

Victory Junction, announced today that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will donate $1 million to build and maintain the Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre at the Randleman, NC camp.

Started by Kyle and Pattie Petty, Victory Junction is a not-for-profit camp that provides camping experiences for children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses.

An no matter how you feel about Junior's place in NASCAR, you've got to respect a guy who will donate that much money to such an honorable cause.

Per the official press release, "There are many reasons why we wanted to get involved with Victory Junction and build this amphitheatre, and it starts with the tremendous impact the camp has on these kids. It’s incredible how one week changes lives,” said Earnhardt Jr.

“Just as important to me is my friendship with Kyle and Pattie Petty, and the memory of my buddy, Adam Petty. Adam and I met each other at an early age, and from that point on our lives and careers were virtually parallel. He was as genuine as they get and a great friend. If I can play a small part in helping Kyle and Pattie keep his dream alive, it doesn’t require a second thought.”

Said Kyle Petty, "Pattie and I are extremely humbled by Jr.’s kindness and generosity. We’ve known Jr. since he was a kid and it means the world to us that he is honoring our son, Adam, by helping change the lives of these kids,” said Kyle Petty. “Adam is definitely smiling.”

And, for those of you who missed it, Junior was also busy in Washington, DC last week attending the Champions Gala for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a program which gives young people a second chance at earning a high school diploma.

Junior talked about his involvement with the program during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. You can see the segment here.

Photo info: Dale Earnhardt Jr. answers questions on the Chevy Stage before the Daytona 500.

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