In a Dangerous Sport, Kyle Petty Depends on Jesus Christ to Protect Him (Gospel Light Minute #90)

Kyle Petty
Kyle Petty

He is a former NASCAR driver and is currently a co-host for NASCAR RaceDay and panel member for NASCAR Smarts. He participated in 885 races during his career. He came in first place eight times and finished in the top ten 184 times. He is active in many charitable causes, such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally-ill children, which he established to honor his late son, as well as an annual charity motorcycle ride across the country called the Chick-fil-a Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America which raises money to support terminally-ill children.

He accepted Christ as his Saviour after a racing-related accident took the life of his uncle. He said, “When I was 15, my uncle was killed in a pit road accident, and I was right there with him. I realized how close I came to being killed. If I was going to be in this sport, I needed Someone to protect me. You can’t do it on your own. I gave my life over to the Lord. Every time I get into a race car, I turn everything over to Him. Unless you build your house on the Rock, Jesus, it’s going to fall.”

His faith in God helped carry him and his wife through the grief that followed the death of their son who also lost his life on the racetrack. He said, “I must have gotten 20 million help books on how to deal with grief. But the only help book there is is the Bible. Walk to your Bible, open up your Bible and the Lord will lead you to a passage. There’s a relevant passage that he will lead you to to deal with what’s going on in your life today. And that’s everyday — not just in the hard times… God wouldn’t give me more than I can handle. I can handle this, but I can’t handle it alone. By saying, ‘Lord, you’ve got to help me,’ that burden is lifted off your shoulders. It’s still hard, but there’s always help there and you always feel like somebody’s walking with you… It’s just an amazing comfort to know that you can turn everything over to Jesus Christ.” His name is Kyle Petty.

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