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July 2: Birthday of Richard Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR

Was it really just three-quarters of a century ago that Richard Lee Petty was brought into this world in the small town of Level Cross (what a cool name for a town, huh?), North Carolina? Seems like just yesterday…

In the years since that fateful day, Petty went on to be called “The King” well before Elvis or LeBron did. What didn’t he accomplish on the track? Well, he won the Daytona 500 a record seven times and the NASCAR cup championship the same number of times, also a record. He raced in 200 NASCAR races, another number that is a record, and was inducted into all sorts of motorsports halls of fame.