Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14 - This day in Petty history

1971 - Starting from the outside of the front row, Richard Petty leads about 200 laps and wins the Carolina 500 at Rockingham - his 122nd career victory. Teammate Buddy Baker in a white, #11 Petty Enterprises Dodge Charger finishes 3rd.

Pace lap - getting ready for the green. Fast Freddy Lorenzen was on the pole the #99 STP Plymouth. Petty started on the outside of the front row. Bobby Isaac's #71 Dodge Charger was on the inside of the second row with Dave Marcis in a 1970 #2 blue Dodge.

Photos courtesy of Ray Lamm
Headline courtesy of Russ 'Calhoun98' Thompson
Gene Granger was a long-time, well-respected journalist covering the NASCAR scene. The first sentence of his last paragraph - It was an unusually dull show for this grueling track - reads as out of step with today's NASCAR who seemingly has low self-esteem and continually bullies drivers and media over any comment remotely critical of the sport.

Source: Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive

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