Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21 - This day in Petty history - part 1

1963 - Starting 8th, Richard Petty leads the final 41 laps and notches his 18th career victory with a one-lap win over Tiny Lund in the Virginia 500 at Martinsville.

The pace lap before the start - with Rex White starting from the pole and Fireball Roberts alongside him on the front row. Petty started on the outside of the 4th row.

Source: Fantasy NASCAR Racin
Teammate Jim Paschal suffered heat exhaustion and needed help from a relief driver. The observant and appreciative crowd roared when the old man - Lee Petty - took over the #41 Petty Plymouth and soldiered it home to an 8th place finish. Lee had raced only once since a near-death accident at Daytona in February 1961 (video).

Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire

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