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King Petty still rules as 80th birthday arrives

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:02 am
by Tom Nolette
King Petty still rules as 80th birthday arrives

There are two reasons why Richard Petty is known as “The King.”

When he became the first driver to win two Daytona 500s, Atlanta sportswriter Bill Robinson dubbed him “King Richard the Hemi-Hearted” in reference to his success and the Chrysler engines with hemispherical pistons.

Then, the myth and the man quickly meshed. Tall, handsome and equipped with his 100-watt smile, Petty’s manner was at once benevolent and charismatic. He enjoyed playing the role as the driver with the most NASCAR victories and eventually backed it up by earning his 200th in front of President Ronald Reagan at Daytona in the summer of 1984.

Petty, The King, turns 80 on Sunday. ... y-arrives/