Richard Petty will be honored later this month with a ceremony truly fit for The King.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will pay tribute to Petty on March 23, including bestowing the 2017 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award to him.
The ceremony will be part of a dinner and celebration of Petty’s life and career, including his record 200 Grand National and NASCAR Cup wins and seven championships .
Among those feting Petty, who turns 80 in July, will be his son and NASCAR On NBC analyst Kyle Petty, NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon and NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton.
“Stock car racing is one of the most uniquely American forms of motorsport and nobody casts as big of a shadow in that world as Richard Petty,” said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Museum. “His larger than life persona and incredible talent behind the wheel have done more for the sport than just about anyone else and we’re thrilled to help him celebrate his 80th birthday.”
The Petersen is the museum’s highest honor for contributions to motor racing. Past winners have included Dan Gurney, Art Chrisman, Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Andy Granatelli, The Ford Family, Vic Edelbrock, Jack Roush, Ed “Isky” Iskenderian, “Speedy” Bill Smith, Alex Xydias, Wally Parks and Ed Pink.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.