Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27 - This day in Petty history - part 2

1972 - Richard Petty wins the Richmond 500 in Virginia for his second win in three races of the 1972 season.

The King seemed to have an easier time winning the race than other races of this time. The Bobbys - Isaac and Allison - spent time at the front with Allison leading most the laps. With about 200 to go, Allison's tire wear was bad and Isaac faded a bit. The King then moved by both of them, took the lead, and cruised to a 1-lap win over Allison.

Petty notched his 142nd career victory with the win. Interestingly, win number 142 was exactly his 100th victory over #42 on the same date in 1966 (Daytona 500).

Photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire
Source: Gadsden Times via Google News Archive
Edited February 25, 2015

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