Alberta Drag Racer Ken Webster Selected for Driver Search II

By:  Jonathan E. Bayless

“Top Driver” earns entry in ARCA Racing Series event at Rockingham Speedway

Petty Holdings has officially announced the lineup for the second edition of Richard Petty’s Driver Search, its unique training camp and competition for aspiring race car drivers scheduled for September 13-16, 2010….

The program, which is limited to 12 participants, focuses on the core skill set necessary for success at the highest levels in motorsports, with the “Top Driver” among the group being awarded the chance to compete in the “American 200” ARCA Racing Series event on October 9th at historic Rockingham Speedway.

Richard Petty’s Driver Search II will include a diverse group of racers from eight different states, as well as Canada and Barbados. They are:

  • Ken Webster, 48 – Red Deer, Canada     

    Ken Webster is from Red Deer AB

  • Davey Pennel, 16 – Sparta, WI
  • Tyler Allen, 22 – Bellevue, WA
  • Happy Ferree, 24 – Grass Valley, CA
  • Orry Hunte, 18 – St. George, Barbados
  • Tom Hynes, 36 – Hay River, Canada
  • Ed Kass, 40 – Levittown, PA
  • David Levine, 17 – Highland Park, IL
  • Bill Lobdell, 26 – Averill Park, NY
  • Garrett Smithley, 18 – Peachtree City, GA
  • Kodi Sunley, 21 – Harrisburg, NC
  • Ryan Wilson, 18 – Randleman, NC

The program will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway in North Carolina, and the road course at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina. Over the course of four days, participants will demonstrate their abilities in High Performance Karts, USAC midgets, Nationwide-style stock cars and real 850hp Sprint Cup cars, while learning from renowned racers Ken Schrader, Marcos Ambrose and the Driver Search instruction staff in the areas of car control, endurance, track management, adaptability, race practices, passing exercises, car knowledge and feel, mechanical knowledge, speed, communication and marketability.

State-of-the-art computerized timing, scoring and video and data acquisition technologies will be used throughout the program to determine the “Top Driver.”

 “It seems we’ve really tapped into something with this Driver Search concept” said Mike Bartelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Petty Holdings and Richard Petty Driving Experience. “The inaugural program in April established its credibility with aspiring racers who are willing to invest in improving their skills and, perhaps, furthering their careers.”

Dillon Moltz, a 19-year old Late Model racer from Waterford, Connecticut was named “Top Driver” of that inaugural Richard Petty’s Driver Search. He was awarded the chance to pilot the #41 Richard Petty’s Driver Search Dodge in the ARCA Racing Series “Weis Market 125” at Pocono Raceway, finishing 20th.

Complete information can be found at

Contact:          Jonathan E. Bayless (704) 454-6244 /

About Petty Holdings:

Headquartered in Concord, NC, Petty Holdings, LLC owns and operates Richard Petty Driving Experience, the worldwide leader in NASCAR-style stock car drive and ride entertainment, as well as other Petty and Richard Petty branded and licensed ventures.