Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3 - This day in Petty history - part 1

1963 - Richard Petty scores career victory number 16 in a 200-lap race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in North Carolina. Teammate Jim Paschal has a rough outing and finishes 19th in the 22-car field in a #42 Petty Plymouth.

Some stats about Petty's win:
  • Richard's win was his second in two days.
  • The win was the fifth straight short-track win for Petty Enterprises to open the 1963 season.
  • The win was the sixth consecutive short-track win for the team going back to the final short-track race of 1962.
It's interesting the start of the race was delayed because of traffic congestion and fans being stuck in the mud. TMC can honestly say he attended the inaugural Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway race in 1997 and Kentucky Motor Speedway race in 2010. Those races had a ton of parking woes due to mud and traffic congestion. But hmm, let's see. Did the start of those races get delayed to ensure all those folks could make it to their seats in time for the start? Um, that would be 'no'.

Source: Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive

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