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Richard Petty to be inducted into North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame

Mark-Paul Gosselaar poses for a photo with Richard Petty prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk / NASCAR)

Richard Petty, the “King of NASCAR” will be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday February 18, at the 15th Annual Shriners Hot Rod & Drag Racing Expo at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Richard Petty drag raced his “Outlaw 43 Jr.” Plymouth Barracuda all across the country from 1964 until 1966 after NASCAR banned the 426 Chrysler Hemi engine from major league stock car racing.

In 1966 Petty resumed his NASCAR career as the engine was once again made legal.

During his two-year stint of drag racing, Petty raced all across the country match racing against the likes of Sox & Martin and others.

The restored car and Petty himself will both be at the Expo.

In addition to Richard Petty, other 2017 inductees are Frank Teague of Hickory, Jean Howard of Polkton, and Terry Adams of Millers Creek.

The Jeff Byrd Award will go to Thomas Pope, the sports editor at the Fayetteville Observer.

For more information about the event, click here.

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