Kyle Petty decided to write his memoir, “Swerve or Die: Life at My Speed in the First Family of NASCAR Racing,” as a way to share his experiences with the fans.

It turned out to be therapeutic, particularly dealing with the death of his son, Adam, who was killed in a practice crash at New Hampshire in 2000.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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