Richard Petty

Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family’s true legacy

Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family’s true legacy

Richard Petty and his granddaughter Montgomery Lee Petty, then 14, take part in a 2000 news conference announcing the founding of Victory Junction Gang Camp. (The Associated Press) Richard Petty, with a record 200 Cup Series wins, seven championships and a first-ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame, is considered NASCAR’s greatest driver. He is spending the season celebrating 75 years of NASCAR participation by his famous family — basically since the inception of the stock car series in 1948 — and reflecting on the legacy that will be left behind. As he approached his 87th birthday, celebrated Tuesday ahead…
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Moffitt makes move to Trucks with new team

Moffitt makes move to Trucks with new team

Thad Moffitt, center, will move to a new venture with a new team for 2024. Crew chief Doug George, left, and team owner Lane Moore, right, were at the announcement. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) LEVEL CROSS – Thad Moffitt is going up another level in his racing career. He’ll be a full-time driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as part of a new team, Faction46. Lane Moore, owner of Venture Food Stores, is owner of the race team. “This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Moffitt said. “I’m thrilled that Lane has put his trust in me to begin…
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Petty Foundation assists Camp Albemarle

Petty Foundation assists Camp Albemarle

NEWPORT – Richard Petty and the Petty Family Foundation are part of a joint effort to boost Camp Albermarle. According to a release, Camp Albemarle, a 70-year-old ministry providing summer camps, educational, and recreational programs for children and youth throughout Eastern North Carolina, recently acquired a property, previously known as Camp Sam Hatcher, from the Boy Scouts of America, Eastern Carolina Council. “The Petty Family Foundation has been a long-time supporter of organizations who help children and veterans, so we are pleased to make this gift to Camp Albemarle as they expand their mission to include additional services to young…
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Randleman’s Petty statue honors driver for many deeds 

Randleman’s Petty statue honors driver for many deeds 

RANDLEMAN – Hundreds of residents and fans gathered Saturday afternoon in Randleman to see the unveiling of a statue of the “King of NASCAR” himself, Richard Petty, at the new Richard Petty Tribute Park.  The event was the culmination of five years of planning and fundraising by the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, which raised the funds for the statue and park, along with a donation from NASCAR.  The public ceremony took place on Hilliary Street, behind the police station and next to the library.  The opening ceremony drew a crowd estimated of more than 200 people, consisting of the…
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Moffitt takes spot in Trans Am Series

Moffitt takes spot in Trans Am Series

Thad Moffitt, left, poses with his grandfather Richard Petty in connection with the announcement regarding the young driver’s next opportunity. (Courtesy photo) Driver Thad Moffitt will compete full time in the Trans Am Series in 2023. Moffitt, grandson of Richard Petty, has joined the Scott Lagasse Racing team. Moffitt and Trans Am president John Clagett unveiled the No. 43 Safety-Kleen Chevrolet Camaro that Moffitt will pilot in his championship effort for TeamSLR. “I can’t wait to join the Trans Am Series in 2023,” Moffitt said. “The TA2 class is one of the most competitive places to race in all of…
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NASCAR Day returns with big crowds

NASCAR Day returns with big crowds

Randleman Festival roars back to life to celebrate racing heritage RANDLEMAN — Last weekend’s NASCAR Day Festival went off pretty much without a hitch as several thousand people roamed Randleman streets. “We had a perfect weekend for it,” said Jeff Freeman, director of the festival. “The attendance was wonderful.” Saturday’s festival came after the 2020 version was cancelled because of the pandemic. There were precautions taken for this year’s edition, but Freeman said there were largely positive reviews. Asheboro cancelled it's annual Fall Festival for the second year in a row citing concerns over hospital capacity for such a large…
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Baker sets sights on comeback in Caraway standings

Baker sets sights on comeback in Caraway standings

Area driver aims to move up in points race SOPHIA — Johnny Baker needs a fast finish in a true sense at Caraway Speedway. With the season winding down the Asheboro driver is contending for his third track championship in Mini Stocks. But it’s going to be a challenge. “We’re slowly getting there,” Baker said. “But it’s going to take some good luck.” Baker holds second place in the division, but he has been gaining ground. He has won four of the last five races in a division with diminishing entries. Brandon Collins leads with 1,141 points, while Baker has…
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