|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
Throughout Petty's career as a driver - and continuing in recent years in his role as a car-owner - the King has celebrated his birthday (July 2nd) at Daytona.
Also greeting the victorious driver was Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst Shifter - which seemed to have increased the smiles on the faces of both Richard and Kyle.
Even more remarkable in this case is that the race got any coverage. The top sports story of the 4th of July weekend was Arthur Ashe's win over Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. With his win, Ashe became the first black player to win the coveted tennis championship.
on-line here, and the feature just on Petty's win follows.