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THE CLASS OF 2010
Elizabeth McGarr
December 23, 2010
THE HALL'S inaugural class included a king, a former bootlegger, two members of NASCAR's first family and the man they called the Intimidator
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December 23, 2010

The Class Of 2010

THE HALL'S inaugural class included a king, a former bootlegger, two members of NASCAR's first family and the man they called the Intimidator

RICHARD PETTY

DAYTONA BEACH 1970

THE RÉSUMÉ

• Won a record seven series championships (1964, '67, '71, '72, '74, '75 and '79)

• In 35 years of Cup racing, set records for career (200), single-season (27, in 1967) and consecutive wins (10, also in '67), and poles (123)

• Took first at the Daytona 500 in '64, five years after his father, Lee, won the inaugural running; won the race a record seven times

• Named NASCAR's Most Popular Driver nine times

THE LEGACY

His NASCAR pedigree was distinguished, and his Petty Blue car reached Victory Lane more than any other, but the man known as the King never acted like one. "What helps with people," he said in '92, the year he retired, "is when, even though you've won a lot of money and been to see several presidents, they can still talk to you on their terms." That down-home personality, loyalty to his North Carolina roots and general congeniality endeared Petty to fans and fellow drivers. He summed up his generation's approach like this: "We didn't have sponsors. We didn't have nobody to please. We didn't have nobody to tell us when to do right. We just done it."

JUNIOR JOHNSON

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