Lawnmower doubles as fundraiser for camp

As part of the “Mow for Victory Tour,” a driver from Hustler Turf Equipment drove a Super Z lawnmower more than 4,000 miles to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The car was painted to resemble Richard Petty’s No. 43 Dodge NASCAR race car.

The tour, which began in Fontana, California, in February and ended at the camp in Randleman, North Carolina, in May, raised $100,000 as it traveled from one Hustler dealership to another, with dealers competing to see who could raise the most money. Richard Petty and mower driver Josh Schmidt, as well as a number of “Mow for Victory Tour” sponsors, participated in the check presentation.

Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round, racing-themed camp for children ages 7 to 15, serves children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses that might otherwise keep them from going to camp. Launched in 2000 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their son Adam, the camp offers weeklong sessions for 125 children with hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, sickle cell disease, immune disorders, hepatitis and other illnesses.

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