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Question of the Day
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (AP) - When Richard Petty casts his ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s next class, the seven-time champion driver knows one name that will certainly be on his _ Maurice Petty, his brother and chief engine builder.
“If it hadn’t been for (Maurice), us three might have made it, or we would have made it at a different level,” Richard Petty said this week at Texas, where the Sprint Cup Series ran Saturday night. “It was a four-person team, and he was a big part of it.”
A 54-member voting panel next month will chose the five inductees for the new Hall of Fame class.
Richard Petty believes his brother should have already been nominated and elected before this year.
“Without a motor, we wouldn’t have been nowhere,” Richard Petty said. “Each of us had a position. His position was make the car go. He did a pretty good job with it.”
And things were much different in those early days of racing.
Richard Petty pointed out that his brother built one engine at a time with little help, grinding and fitting everything together.
“He put it together and you didn’t know whether it had horsepower or not. You thought it did. Undoubtedly, they must have,” he said. “He would assemble the thing, then go to race with us, tune it, and then he was on the pit crew.”
While Petty knows his brother will be on his ballot, he knows two people he won’t be voting for _ not yet, at least.
Petty doesn’t think current car owners Richard Childress or Rick Hendrick should be on the ballot yet.
“Because they’re still doing their thing. They’re Hall of Fame people, but not now,” Petty said. “If they put them in, then every week they’re going to have to change the stuff underneath their name.”
Drivers have to be retired a certain amount of time before they can be considered for the Hall of Fame.
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