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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2002
From the moment Kyle Petty stepped into a race car at Daytona International Speedway in 1979, almost everyone wanted him to succeed. The public did because he was the son of seven-time champion Richard Petty. The media did because he was a joy to interview, just as his dad was and is. And over the years, wanting Kyle Petty to do well hasn't changed - though the reasons may have. Now, almost everyone wants him to win not only because he is Richard's son, but also because it might brighten the day of a man who lost his own son, Adam, to a racing accident.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robbie Loomis, the new executive vice president at Petty Enterprises, sat in a director's chair outside the No. 43 transporter this week and said he is actually the team's CEO. "That's chief encouragement officer," Loomis said, only half joking. "This team has worked hard. Its members are committed and they have the heart. What they needed was the confidence." For some organizations it looks so easy, this sport of high speed stock car racing. The crew does its job, the driver gets in the car on Sunday, and as expected often arrives in victory lane.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Oh, the strain of it. The media crush. The sponsor demands. The autograph seekers. The turmoil. The tension.It has been enough to make Daytona 500 pole-sitters shudder. Enough to send them scurrying out of sight or hurtling toward nervous breakdown. Enough to make them short of time and short of temper.Kyle Petty, the pole-sitter for today's Daytona 500, was lounging among leather cushions in his team transporter's sitting room, his face hidden behind the lifestyle section of a local newspaper.
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By Todd Holden and Todd Holden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 9, 2004
By the time Eric Zwiebelman was 19, he says, he lost his edge for collecting baseball cards and wanted a new hobby. Today, with most of his basement filled with more than 600 die-cast models of NASCAR cars, he stands at the collector's crossroads again. When he was 11, his grandfather encouraged him to start a baseball card collection. Zwiebelman became enthralled with buying, selling and trading the cards. With his grandfather, he eventually opened Hit and Run Baseball Cards in downtown Aberdeen.
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By Brian Fishman and Brian Fishman,Staff Writer | June 14, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Petty led 148 of the 200 laps, but his victory yesterday in the Champion Spark Plug 500 at Pocono International Raceway was anything but simple.Petty had to maneuver his way through a late caution flag, then surge past Sterling Martin with 16 laps remaining -- this after TC narrowly steering past a fan who had wandered onto the track halfway through the race -- before he could claim his first victory of the 1993 NASCAR season.Petty beat pole-sitter Ken Schrader by 4.9 seconds and earned $44,960.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1999
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- For a long time, Kyle Petty couldn't decide what he wanted to be -- race car driver, country music singer, motorcycle rider. And maybe that's why the son of King Richard, the man who set the all-time standard for success with 200 NASCAR victories, has managed just eight victories going into his 19th Winston Cup season.Or maybe, as some figure, the talent and competitive urge skips a generation, and it is Kyle's son, Adam, who will rekindle memories of Richard and great grandfather Lee."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2000
For more than 50 years, NASCAR's royal family remained untouched by an on-track racing death. But shortly after noon yesterday, Adam Petty, the always smiling 19-year-old son of Kyle, grandson of Richard Petty and great-grandson of Lee Petty, was killed in a crash during practice at New Hampshire International Speedway. Adam was practicing for today's Busch200 at the Loudon, N.H., track. Adam's car brushed the wall in Turn3, spun and then crashed hard into the wall. The track's rescue unit had to cut through the roof to reach him. He died of head trauma shortly after arriving at Concord Hospital, an official there said.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | February 14, 1991
After 12 years, Kyle Petty thinks he has finally positioned himself to have a season like Richard Petty used to have."With this team, I expect to win races and position myself to win a championship," said Kyle, son of the seven-time Winston Cup champion. "We're capable of doing that and doing that consistently."Kyle Petty won the first time he ever raced at Daytona International Speedway. It was a mixed blessing, as he drove his first car to an ARCA victory in one of the Daytona 500 preliminary races in 1979.
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By Tom Higgins and Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer | October 27, 1992
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NASCAR Winston Cup Series still has a "points race," although it might not be so much for the championship as before Sunday, when Bill Elliott finished fourth in the AC Delco 500 at Rockingham, N.C., to pad his advantage.Elliott pulled 70 points ahead of second-place Davey Allison in pursuit of his second $1 million title and a seventh for team owner Junior Johnson. Only races at Phoenix this Sunday and at Atlanta on Nov. 15 remain in the 29-event season.Meanwhile, the outcome at the track near Rockingham forged a dandy duel for second place, also worth big money when postseason bonus checks are presented in New York on Dec. 4.Alan Kulwicki trails Allison by just 15 points; AC Delco 500 winner Kyle Petty is 24 out of second; and Harry Gant is 43 out of the No. 2 spot.
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By Todd Holden and Todd Holden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 9, 2004
By the time Eric Zwiebelman was 19, he says, he lost his edge for collecting baseball cards and wanted a new hobby. Today, with most of his basement filled with more than 600 die-cast models of NASCAR cars, he stands at the collector's crossroads again. When he was 11, his grandfather encouraged him to start a baseball card collection. Zwiebelman became enthralled with buying, selling and trading the cards. With his grandfather, he eventually opened Hit and Run Baseball Cards in downtown Aberdeen.
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By Sandra McKee | March 2, 2003
Kyle Petty hasn't won a race since 1995, and after two races this season, he is 21st in the Winston Cup points standings. But that doesn't mean he's not popular. And it doesn't mean people aren't rooting for him. For those who might not be Petty fans and have doubts about just how popular the son of seven-time champion Richard Petty is, consider this: Rides with all 43 Winston Cup drivers around the track before today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 in Las Vegas were put out to bid in a charity auction that raised $110,000 Thursday for children's charities.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2002
From the moment Kyle Petty stepped into a race car at Daytona International Speedway in 1979, almost everyone wanted him to succeed. The public did because he was the son of seven-time champion Richard Petty. The media did because he was a joy to interview, just as his dad was and is. And over the years, wanting Kyle Petty to do well hasn't changed - though the reasons may have. Now, almost everyone wants him to win not only because he is Richard's son, but also because it might brighten the day of a man who lost his own son, Adam, to a racing accident.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2002
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When qualifying for the Craftsman Truck Series takes place this afternoon, Brandywine, Md., driver Donnie Neuenberger plans to place himself safely in the field as the first step toward a season-long project. "We're going to try to run the whole season," said Neuenberger, 39. "But I don't have the funding in hand yet. If we could have a good race here, it would mean good exposure for our sponsor and perhaps encourage them to complete the deal. We need the fans to keep e-mailing IHOP and telling them they need to be in this sport."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2001
Qualifying today at Daytona International Speedway is a day like no other in 24 years. Dodge is back. For the first time since 1977, Dodge will compete against Ford, Chevrolet and Pontiac in Winston Cup stock car racing and try to win the pole for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. The long-absent carmaker, which enjoyed enormous success from 1950 through 1977, winning seven Winston Cup titles and 160 races overall, is returning after a self-imposed hiatus....
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2000
For more than 50 years, NASCAR's royal family remained untouched by an on-track racing death. But shortly after noon yesterday, Adam Petty, the always smiling 19-year-old son of Kyle, grandson of Richard Petty and great-grandson of Lee Petty, was killed in a crash during practice at New Hampshire International Speedway. Adam was practicing for today's Busch200 at the Loudon, N.H., track. Adam's car brushed the wall in Turn3, spun and then crashed hard into the wall. The track's rescue unit had to cut through the roof to reach him. He died of head trauma shortly after arriving at Concord Hospital, an official there said.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1999
RICHMOND, Va. -- Kyle Petty, his ponytail flying with every emphatic nod of his head, stood in the sunshine yesterday and reminisced about his Charity Motorcycle Ride."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Six drivers -- Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Harry Gant, Kyle Petty and Mark Martin -- have a chance to win the Winston Cup championship today. That's three more than ever going into the last race of the season.Having so many to chose from makes it harder to figure out who will win the race and who will win the championship. It's a very iffy thing."I never gamble," said Kulwicki, who is 30 points behind points leader Allison and 10 points ahead of third-place Elliott.
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By Charlotte Observer | November 11, 1992
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How great is the interest in Richard Petty's last race before retirement and the six-driver chase for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship?Extraordinary.According to spokesman Richard Sowers of Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the season finale Hooters 500 is scheduled Sunday, approximately 800 journalists have requested credentials for the event. This doesn't include the 100-or-so person crew of ESPN, which will televise the historic 500.In addition to the U.S. press, print media from Canada, France, Japan, Latvia and even Ghana have indicated plans to file stories.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1999
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- For a long time, Kyle Petty couldn't decide what he wanted to be -- race car driver, country music singer, motorcycle rider. And maybe that's why the son of King Richard, the man who set the all-time standard for success with 200 NASCAR victories, has managed just eight victories going into his 19th Winston Cup season.Or maybe, as some figure, the talent and competitive urge skips a generation, and it is Kyle's son, Adam, who will rekindle memories of Richard and great grandfather Lee."
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By Brian Fishman and Brian Fishman,Staff Writer | June 14, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Petty led 148 of the 200 laps, but his victory yesterday in the Champion Spark Plug 500 at Pocono International Raceway was anything but simple.Petty had to maneuver his way through a late caution flag, then surge past Sterling Martin with 16 laps remaining -- this after TC narrowly steering past a fan who had wandered onto the track halfway through the race -- before he could claim his first victory of the 1993 NASCAR season.Petty beat pole-sitter Ken Schrader by 4.9 seconds and earned $44,960.
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