Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22 - This day in Petty history

1968 - Starting second alongside career rival David Pearson, Richard Petty passes Pearson with 30 laps to go and gets his 82nd career NASCAR Grand National victory in a 200-lap, 100-mile race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.

Source: Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive
The start with pole winner Pearson getting the early jump on Petty, third place starter Buddy Baker in #3, and fourth place starter Bobby Issac in #71.

Courtesy of Harvey Tollison
Petty's win was his second consecutive win at Greenville-Pickens - the middle win of what turned out to be a three-win streak at the track. The speedway still operates today running late model features and can be found on the web and Twitter. NASCAR sanctioned 29 Grand National races at the track from 1951 through 1971, and The King won four of the final eight GN races at the speedway.

Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire

TMC

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