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Why Does Kyle Petty always have a #45 hat on and a black piece of tape across the numbers?
I understand that Adam Petty was going to be #45.
But why put the black tape over it? For some reason it's in my mind disrespect full....tell me I'm wrong.
This subject I should know but for some reason it slips my mind.

 

 


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i think it to honor him like when sometimes people wear black arm bands
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Think that it is more a case of that number is no longer on track and Kyle feels wronged for how it all happened with GEM.  He only started to have the tape there after they shut down the 45 team
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I'm pretty sure that Cathi is right.  I read an article that said he was upset that the 45 got shuffled out with the GEM deal. 
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actually he wore it like that at first when Adam died and he said that it was Austin's idea to restart wearing it


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UPDATE: Kyle Petty is wearing a black band over the #45 on hats he is wearing to honor his son, Adam Petty, who died in 2000 during Busch Series practice at New Hampshire. Petty said it was his son Austin’s idea and should not be construed as a statement against new Petty Enterprises majority owner Boston Ventures. “When Adam was killed and Austin said lets put a black band across [the number],” Petty said Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “If you live in our neighborhood, you’ll see hundreds of these numbers [with black bands] on cars around our neighborhood. … When I started driving the 45, I said I drive the 45 and that’s Adam’s car and I didn’t even put my name on that car. So since I’m not driving the 45 as much, Austin about a month ago said, ‘Why don’t you go back and wear that hat again.’ And I thought, ‘Good idea.’ All I did was switch back since I’m not driving the 45 full time. Austin’s opinion was, and I deferred to him, that it was Adam’s number and Adam’s car and now you’re not in it, let’s go back and close the personal door. It’s a personal thing. It’s not a statement. It’s not anything other than that.” Petty had said earlier in the weekend that Boston Ventures, which bought its stake in the organization in June, had not helped the competitive side yet of the teams. Petty said Sunday that he was trying to explain that none of the mergers have helped on the competitive side and Boston Ventures had only been with the organization for four months.(

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Kyle Petty is such a nice guy. I spent a good 30 minutes kicking back with him in victory lane when Carl Edwards won in Texas in November. Didn't talk much about racing. A lot about Victory Junction (I did artwork for them when it first opened), his motorcycles and charity ride, etc... Really down to earth. He did mention that he thought Travis is one of the nicest guys you'll meet in NASCAR and he had a lot of respect for him.

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the reason for the stripe is to protest how gem dismissed him from the team.
and how they handled it.

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I always wondered the same. 


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