Marvin Panch won the 1966 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a #42 Petty Plymouth. The King led six laps but fell out of the race and finished 22nd. When an ailing Panch needed relief help, Richard saddled up in in the 42 and brought the car to the checkers with Panch credited as the winner.
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Panch, member of the Ford factory team since 1962, explained why he discontinued his support of the Ford walkout in a rules hassle. "Lee Petty offered me a ride in his car, so I just had to take it" said Panch. ~ p. 83David Pearson led 134 of the 400 laps in his Dodge and looked to be in a position to walk the dog on the field. But a right front wheel broke, and Pearson went straight into the fence to end his day. Paul Goldsmith was the next Mopar driver to have clean air. He led 112 laps before losing the engine in his Ray Nichels-owened Plymouth. With Petty, Pearson, and Goldsmith out of the race, Panch (with help from The King) went to the front and led the final 99 laps.
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In 1998, Panch was chosen as one of NASCAR's Top 50 Drivers. At the age of 85, Marvin remains alive and well in 2013 and lives in Florida. Though I've never had the opportunity to meet him, I imagine he remains grateful for the chance to race for the Pettys because his win turned out to be the final one of his career.
Edited May 22, 2014