Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8 - This day in Petty history - part 3

1965 - Richard Petty scores his 38th career victory by winning the Western North Carolina 500 from the pole at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in North Carolina.

Richard did not race stock cars for the first-half of 1965. The Chrysler Corporation boycotted NASCAR because of its rules against Plymouth's hemi engine. As a Plymouth driver, Petty respected the boycott and didn't race. Instead, he turned to drag racing for part of 1965. When the boycott was lifted about mid-season, Richard returned to his winning ways. He notched two wins in his first four races back - including this one.

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Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire


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