For the first time in more than 40 years, there will not be a Petty in the Daytona 500. Kyle Petty found himself out of a job when Petty Enterprises merged with Gillett Evernham Racing. He states that there is no 'Petty Enterprises', and he has no loyalty for the new corporation. Kyle Petty is a super-nice guy who is involved with some great charities and causes off the race track. His interests and abilities have always been so diversified that he never has seemed to be able to focus solely on racing. I believe that is why he never achieved the stardom on the track that was expected of him as Richard Petty's son. Part of his frustration now stems from the fact that he was not allowed to end his racing career on his own terms. Whether he would have been able to be competitive if allowed to race this year is debatable, but nevertheless, it will be a little strange with no Petty in the 500 field today.