NASCAR America: Scan All from the Southern 500

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“Richard said to heck with it, he’s going to race.”

That was the spotter for Martin Truex Jr. just before the start of the 68th Southern 500.

Richard Petty, the seven-time Cup champion, was recognized as he drove one of his old stock cars on track during the pace laps for the race.

But “The King” did not hear the command to come down pit road and stayed out in the front of the field for an extra few laps around Darlington.

“The 43 don’t want to leave the track,” said Kevin Harvick‘s spotter.

“I don’t blame him,” Harvick said. “I’d drive that thing around all day.”

That’s how the Southern 500 began. The whole race is recapped in the latest edition of “Scan All.” Here are some of the other scanner highlights.

  • “Told you you gotta respect her or she’ll reach out and smack ya.” – the spotter for Gray Gaulding counseling the young driver on how treat the “Lady in Black.”
  • “I went from really loose to out-of-control.” – Kevin Harvick
  • “Go tell the 51 (Cody Ware) to just quit racing.” – Matt DiBenedetto after a wreck involving him, Ware and AJ Allmendinger.
  • “This place eats everybody up. It chews them up and spits them out at times.” – Cody Ware’s spotter after the crash.

Watch the video for more.