Former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty  will lead more than 175 motorcycle riders through Grand Junction during the 19th Anniversary Charity Ride Across America. The group is scheduled to make an overnight stay in Grand Junction on April 30th.

Spectators and residents will have a chance to meet  Kyle Petty and NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker while the group is in Grand Junction. They are scheduled to arrive at the Doubletree on  Horizon Drive at about 4:00pm.

The week long event starts on April 27th in Couer d' Alene, Idaho and then travels through Wyoming and Colorado before finishing up in Tempe, Arizona on May 3rd.

Herschel Walker, who won the 1982 Heisman Trophy and went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants says  he enjoys the camaraderie among the riders each year, as well as seeing Petty interact with the crowds.

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“Kyle is incredible. He works so hard and cares so much about the riders, the Charity Ride and the children who attend Victory Junction,” said Walker, who is participating in his 8th Charity Ride this year. “It’s truly a blessing to be a part of this experience.”

Fans are encouraged to contribute to the Charity Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program that benefits Victory Junction,  a camp for chronically ill children.

“Over the years, the Ride has turned into so much more than we ever anticipated,” said Petty, who started the Ride as a small group of friends riding from track to track across the country. “I’m grateful for the chance to spend time with friends, while meeting fans and generous supporters who ultimately help create memorable and fun camp experiences for wonderful children and their families.”