Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8 - This day in Petty history - part 3

1975 - Richard Petty leads 60 of 153 laps and wins the Tuborg 400 at Riverside International Raceway to earn his 171st career NASCAR Winston Cup victory.

Petty started second alongside long-time rival Bobby Allison. The majority of the 153 laps on the southern California road course were led between the two drivers - 75 by Allison and 60 by Petty. Interestingly, two drivers and teams who historically raced well at Riverside - Cale Yarborough with Junior Johnson's Chevy team and David Pearson with the Wood Brothers Mercury team - did not enter the race. Economic times for race teams was tough in 1975 - low race purses, high operating costs, limited sponsorship dollars. Riverside wasn't the only race where some of the more well-established teams chose not to enter in 1975.

 Source: 'beentherebefore' from H.A.M.B.
Article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire


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