Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16 - This day in Petty history - part 2

1981 - Richard scores career win number 195 by taking the Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan. The King took the lead from Bobby Allison with 5 laps to go and then held off Darrell Waltrip by two car lengths for the win.

Source: Jerry Bushmire
Dale Earnhardt made his debut as the driver for Richard Childress Racing. He raced a Wrangler Jeans Pontiac to a ninth place finish. He had resigned after the previous race from the J.D. Stacy racing team.

Credit: John Betts at RacersReunion.com
King racing among a group of greats: Harry Gant, Ricky Rudd and Bobby Allison.

Many fans see today's Richard Petty as the laid-back guy with the cowboy hat, sunglasses, toothy smile, and a fancy autograph. And he is. But in his time, he was also a fierce competitor. I love his swagger in this article.

Articles and pictures courtesy of Jerry Bushmire


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