Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21 - This day in Petty history

1963 - Richard Petty scores his 23rd career win by winning the pole and leading all but two of the 35 laps on the road course at Bridgehampton, NY. Richard's victory was his first career road course win.

Credit: Digital Library of Stanford University
Fred Lorenzen qualified alongside Petty in his #28 Holman & Moody Ford. Also in the field was Lee Petty in a #41 Plymouth rather than his traditional #42. Lee was making only his fourth start since his near-fatal accident at Daytona in February 1961; however, Bridgehampton was his third start in 1963.

Credit: Digital Library of Stanford University
Lorenzen grabbed the lead from Richard at the start and led the first two laps. But Richard took it back from him on lap 3 and led the rest of the way.

Photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire
Edited July 21, 2014

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