Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth and Kyle Petty led a motorcycle ride on Tuesday afternoon from Tennessee Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, Tenn., to Bristol Motor Speedway, with a number of military veterans along for the trip.

Kenseth and Petty rode to Smokies Baseball Park in Sevierville from Charlotte, N.C., this morning to meet with "Rolling Thunder," a group of motorcyclists whose mission it is to bring awareness to prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA).

Kenseth and Petty led the group of 30 riders on a three-hour ride through some of Northeast Tennessee’s most beautiful countryside to Bristol Motor Speedway.

"First off, I love to ride my motorcycle," said Kenseth, a two-time winner at BMS. "I rarely have time to do that because of my schedule. Secondly, it was really great to be part of a ride with these guys, many of whom who have served our country. It’s a great thing they do and I was really happy to meet them and be part of the ride."

Kenseth also was happy to get a look at the revamped surface at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

"Yeah, you can see where they worked on that top groove," he said. "It’s going to be interesting to get back here in August for the race and see how it changes things. I always look forward to racing here – it’s been a pretty good track for me so hopefully I can figure it out and get another win."

Race week kicks off with the Wednesday night doubleheader Aug. 22, featuring the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified race. The Nationwide Series Food City 250 is Aug. 24, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 25.

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