The King got black flagged for his mistake at Darlington
Richard Petty drove his 1967 Plymouth Belvedere out on track at Darlington Raceway as an honorary pace car as a cool start to the throwback themed race. The King is so used to leading a pack of cars around the track, however, he didn’t want to come back off when the pace laps were over.
The 80 year old apparently stayed out for an extra lap and received the black flag to remove him from the race that we’re sure he was ready to dominate in his 50 year old Plymouth. In ’67, that Belvedere took Petty to 10 straight wins and it was an awesome sight to see it out on track again.
Darlington Raceway honored Richard Petty
Petty’s win in the 1967 Southern 500 turned out to be his one and only victory in the famed Labor Day weekend classic. Petty led an astounding 345 of a possible 364 laps in a dominant victory. Only three other drivers led laps in the entire race – David Pearson (12 laps), Buddy Baker (6) and Donnie Allison (1).
The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of Petty’s win in a career that culminated with 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories overall. Petty also recently celebrated his 80th birthday on July 2, which was recognized with much fanfare during the Coke Zero 400 race weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
“The 1967 Southern 500 was a great win. To be able to win at Darlington, especially in those days, was really special. The Southern 500 was, and still is, one of the great races in our sport,” Petty said.
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