Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18 - This day in Petty history

1963 - Richard Petty earns his 21st career victory by winning a 300-lap race from the pole at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia.

Driving #41, Petty cruised to a 1-lap win over second place finisher Ned Jarrett. Teammate Jim Paschal finished 3rd in a #43 Petty Plymouth. The King's win was the seventh for Petty Enterprises drivers in the last eight races (5 by Richard and 2 by Jim Paschal).

Old Dominion Speedway hosted seven Grand National races between 1958 and 1969. NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Petty, Jarrett, and Junior Johnson won five of them. Their wins were book-ended by Frankie Schneider in 1958 and Elmo Langley in 1966. Elmo's win was the second of only two career wins for the independent racer. For much of the 1990s, Elmo was better known by NASCAR fans as the pace car driver.

Photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire

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