Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24 - This day in Petty history

1967 - Richard Petty wins the pole and dominates the Pickens 200 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (web | Twitter) in South Carolina.

The King led 195 laps of the race, and he picked up his 60th career NASCAR Grand National victory by winning on the half-mile, dirt track. Petty set sail at the the drop of the green and won handily over the field including second place finisher Dick Hutcherson. The win also marked the beginning of a three-race winning streak at Greenville-Pickens for Petty.

In his book Forty Years of Stock Car Racing - Volume 3, Greg Fielden recaps:
Top threats Jim Paschal, John Sears and Doug Cooper were all victims of a first lap fiasco. The three drivers, starting on the outside of the first three rows, charged into the first turn.  Before the race, the area had been saturated by a water truck, which had lost power and leaked several gallons of water. All three cars shot straight over the banks and flipped outside the track. ~ p. 138
Source: Spartanburg Herald via Google News Archive

Edited June 24, 2014

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