Petty's victory was a repeat win following his 1980 win, his tenth Wilkesboro spring win, and his 15th time overall win at Wilkesboro. It was his 194th career victory and his final short track win.
The win was also his first victory following the departure of Dale Inman, Petty's long-time crew chief and cousin. Interestingly, Inman's former team and his new one - Osterlund Racing with Dale Earnhardt - were pitted next to one another.
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Prior to his stint with the DEI/EGR teams, Hmiel worked for Roush Racing in the 1990s. For many years, he was the crew chief for a driver who made his Winston Cup debut in this 1981 Wilkesboro race - Mark Martin. He qualified a respectable fifth, but he lost a rear-end and finished 27th in the 30-car field.
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From 1970 through 1981, Petty had eight wins and remarkably finished no worse than second in Wilkesboro's spring race.
Edited March 31, 2015