Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18 - This day in Petty history

1960 - Richard Petty earns his third career victory by leading every lap of the 110-lap race at Orange Speedway in Hillsboro, NC (the track formerly known as Occoneechee Speedway).


Richard made the day a clean sweep by winning from the pole. Second place starter Junior Johnson tried to give Richard a run. He repeatedly strong-armed his Holly Farms Chevrolet through Hillsboro's dirt corners.

Junior's Chevy gave up on him after 75 laps, however, and his pursuit was done.


Ned Jarrett had a good day with a second day finish. I imagine, however, he was mildly frustrated. The P2 was his second in a row at Hillsboro. In May 1960, he finished second to Lee Petty. In September, he was runner-up to Lee's boy.

Richard's father, three-time Grand National champion, and 1960 spring winner at Hillsboro, Lee Petty, settled in second place after Johnson was gone. But with less than 20 laps to go, Lee broke and ended up finishing 11th.

TMC

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