Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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The King of NASCAR continues as the embodiment of perforPERFORMANCE mance personified. Y ou'd be hard-pressed to find someone who's never heard of Richard Petty. He's called "The King" and is a true folk hero in the world of stock car racing. For over four decades, his race cars have been instantly recognizable worldwide and have done wonders for the advancement of the NASCAR scene by helping it become a well-known and mainstream sport. Since his retirement he's remained in the spotlight as a team owner, stock car ambassador and a performance enthusiast who has also dabbled in car building and the racing aftermarket. Who could ever had imagined that a kid from Level Cross, N.C., an unincorporated area near Randleman, would go on to have such a huge and a massive positive impact on American motorsports? By James Maxwell From humble beginnings in Level Cross, N.C., Richard Petty, son of race car driver Lee Petty, went on to win 200 races and seven championships in what is now NASCAR's top series. 38 n Performance & Hotrod Business PHBFEB.indd 38 n February 2014 1/7/14 2:30 PM

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