KYLE PETTY is hardly shuffling off into retirement. He climbed out of his car for six races last season to work as an analyst for TNT's Nextel Cup coverage, winning raves for his work from both fans and critics. It's a gig he plans to continue in 2008. Petty's also concerned with returning Petty Enterprises to a position of prominence in the Cup garage once again—its last Cup title was won by Richard Petty in 1979. In November, Petty Enterprises announced that it was moving its headquarters about 70 miles down the road from Level Cross, N.C. (where Richard's father, Lee, one of NASCAR's alltime greats, had started it nearly 60 years ago), to a new home in the Charlotte area. In Charlotte, home to some of Cup racing's top outfits, the Pettys will be better located to attract the best talent in the industry.
But Kyle's primary focus will remain the camp he and Pattie founded in memory of Adam. His television work will be part time. The day-to-day racing operation will be run by somebody else. "This camp is personal for us," says Kyle. "If the kids here have Adam's smile on their faces when they leave, then we know Adam's still here with us."