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WAKE FOREST Retired NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and musician David Childers will stop by Wake Forest Thursday during their tour across the country.

The two of them are promoting their music, while also raising money for their specific charities. They will perform at the Wake Forest Listening Room, located inside Sugar Magnolia Cafe, 219 S. White St., Wake Forest. Petty said the venue was one of the main reasons he wanted to visit Wake Forest.

“The music I do is slower and wordier, so it’s a different kind of music you would hear at a big rock concert,” Petty said. “It’s one of those places where people come there to hear the music.”

Petty also has family who lives nearby. His aunt lives in the Rocky Mount area, along with some of his cousins.

One of the main reasons Petty is doing his musical tour is to give awareness to his two charities: Charity Ride Across America and Victory Junction.

His motorcycle ride across the country is entering its 25th year and has raised $18.5 million dollars for children’s hospitals. Petty stops by children’s hospitals all over the United States on his motorcycle road trips.

Victory Junction is a camp that opened in Randleman 15 years ago. Petty started it in honor of his late son, Adam Petty. Victory Junction is a facility that serves serious illness and chronic medical condition children.

“The camp is a special place,” Petty said. “People from all 50 states go there. It allows kids with chronic illnesses to just be kids.”

Petty and Childers will perform southern style country music and display their craft as songwriters at the Wake Forest Listening Room.

“I’ll be performing some newly written songs,” Petty said. “Whatever the mood hits me and whatever the audience wants to hear, I play what fits in at the time.”