Kyle Petty Charity Ride, which included York stop, raised more than $1.3 million this year


The Yorkers who came out to support the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America on Wednesday, May 9, helped raise more than $1.3 million this year.

Proceeds from the 24th anniversary ride directly benefit Victory Junction — a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

The spring motorcycle tradition has now generated more than $19 million for charity over its existence.

For the first time since 2011, former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty brought his annual ride back to the East Coast. On May 5, Petty embarked on 1,200-mile route, leading 225 participants from Portland, Maine, to Greensboro, North Carolina.

The event stopped in York County on May 9. It was based at 1st Capital Harley-Davidson and included tours of the local Harley-Davidson factory. It was the first time the ride stopped in York County.

Amy Miller of Seven Valleys poses with former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty during an autograph session at 1st Capital Harley-Davidson Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Former drivers and sports stars were on hand as 1st Capital hosted the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The stop included tours of the Harley-Davidson plant. Bill Kalina photo

In addition to Kyle Petty, the York County stop also included appearances by Richard "The King" Petty, Herschel Walker and Ricky Craven, among many other celebrities.

Since 1995, more than 8,400 riders have logged more than 12 million cumulative motorcycle miles during the event.