Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11 - This day in Petty history

November 11 - Veterans Day - If you are reading this and have served or are serving in a branch of the United States Armed Forces, THANK YOU! Words are cheap as I try to communicate my sincerest appreciation to you for willingly putting on the uniform and doing what was/is asked of you to defend our liberties.

On this numerological, Petty-win, anniversary posting date of 11-11-11...

1962 - Richard Petty wins career race number 14 by leading 158 of 200 laps at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa, FL. The race is the only NASCAR Grand National event ever held at the track.

Richard edges teammate Jim Paschal by one car length for the win. Richard's brother and third Plymouth teammate, Maurice Petty, finishes 6th. Buzzie Reutimann, father of modern-day Cup driver David Reutimann, finishes 10th in the 24-car field. Read the accompanying article below for more details about the 'frammin and bammin' that took place during the race.

In the photo below, Maurice Petty in the faintly-numbered 42 Plymouth races behind Darel Dieringer (82), "Little" Joe Weatherly (8) and Stan Parker (23).

Here Richard Petty is shown passing younger brother Maurice on the outside on his way to the win.

Source for above two photos: Dave Westerman's Florida Racing History
Above photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire

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