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SouthBound: Kyle Petty searches for the next big adventure

The latest episode of SouthBound is a replay of my conversation from last summer with Kyle Petty. Here's what I wrote about him back then:

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Kyle Petty has seen all the rewards and all the tragedies of a life lived beyond the speed limit.

Kyle’s father, Richard Petty, is NASCAR’s greatest winner. Kyle’s son Adam was killed at age 19 in a wreck during a practice run at the track. In between, Kyle himself won eight races at NASCAR’s highest level before retiring.

Since then he’s pursued adventure all over the world, and he’s got a new talk show called “Dinner Drive With Kyle Petty” where he talks to celebrities from Ric Flair to Pitbull.

As part of a family that has been in the spotlight his whole life, Kyle Petty has had to do a lot of thinking about who he is. His words might be helpful if you’re trying to figure that out for yourself.

It felt like a good time to come back around to this conversation for a couple of reasons. One, we’re in the middle of the NASCAR playoffs, and two, Kyle just came out with a new book called “Swerve or Die: Life at My Speed in the First Family of NASCAR Racing.”

As you’ll hear, Kyle is game to try pretty much anything, and game to talk about it.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary, On My Mind, which airs every Monday.