The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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July 25, 2013

NASCAR Legends Discuss Bristol Motor Speedway

Thursday, July 25, 2013 — NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard “The King” Petty and Dale Inman have a storied history at Bristol Motor Speedway. Recently, the duo met with various media outlets at the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman to discuss the allure of the famed half-mile oval.

 

Petty ran 60 races at BMS, more than any other driver in NASCAR history. His three wins at the track came with Inman, his cousin, as crew chief and in cars powered with engines built by his brother, Maurice Petty – one of the latest members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Both Inman and Maurice Petty also visited victory lane at BMS with other drivers ‒ the former with Terry Labonte in 1984, and “The Chief’s” engines powered Jim Paschal’s win in 1962.

 

While recalling his triumphs and setbacks at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Richard Petty was quick to point out what makes BMS unique when compared to other venues on the NASCAR circuit.

 

“When Bruton (Smith) and them got a hold of it, they made a colosseum out of it,” said the seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. “It’s not a racetrack. The Romans would have been proud of this kind of place. There’s been some really fantastic finishes at Bristol. You run 500 laps and it comes down to the last 100 yards to see who wins the race. That’s the kind of racing we need.”

 

Inman’s most memorable moment at BMS took place in the July 1964 edition of the Volunteer 500. Richard Petty had a large lead over Fred Lorenzen before suffering an engine failure on the next-to-last lap. Although Petty’s lead was large enough that he was able to “coast by” the flag stand to take the white flag, he wasn’t able to make it back around for the checkered flag.

 

“Our track record as far as wins is not great there, but we always enjoyed going to Bristol,” Inman said. “What a great place to go to, and the race fans are great.”

 

August race weekend ticket packages for the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 24, and the Food City 250 Nationwide event on Friday, Aug. 23, remain available, starting at $99. Great seats remain around the facility with lower-row seating for the Night Race starting at $75. Tickets for the Food City 250 start at $35 for adults and $17 for youth 15-and-under.

 

Guests are encouraged to purchase in advance while the price is $5 less per grandstand ticket than the race-week cost for the same seat.

 

The Wednesday night doubleheader features the Titan Roof 150 Whelen Modified race and the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series event. Considered by many to be one of the best nights of racing in NASCAR, tickets are $30 and free for youth 15-and-under.

 

In addition, BMS fans may renew their season tickets for 2014.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, fans may call toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL or visit www.bristoltix.com.

 

Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sonoma, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

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