Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20 - This day in Petty history - part 1

1967 - Richard Petty wins the pole, leads 223 of 250 laps, defends his race win from 1966, and notches his 56th career victory in the Tidewater 250 at Langley Field Speedway in Hampton, VA.

Petty's win was his eighth win of the 1967 season (on his way to a 27-win season) and his sixth of his last nine starts. In a quirk of the points system design of that era, however, Petty still trailed James Hylton in the points championship standings at that point of the season.

Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire

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