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Two legendary NASCAR Corridor of Famers, Richard Petty and Invoice Elliott, will tempo the sector for the 68th operating of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Bojangles’ Southern 500, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. three at Darlington Raceway.
Petty will lead the sector in his 1967 Plymouth, adopted by Elliott, who will function the honorary tempo automotive driver, piloting a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang tempo automotive, as the sector goes inexperienced for the long-lasting race.
Darlington Raceway will probably be honoring Petty and Elliott throughout its award-profitable throwback weekend as the 2 legends of the game are being acknowledged by the monitor for 2 particular moments that helped form the historical past of the Woman in Black.
Petty’s win within the 1967 Southern 500 turned out to be his one and solely victory within the famed Labor Day weekend basic. Petty led an astounding 345 of a potential 364 laps in a dominant victory. Solely three different drivers led laps in all the race – David Pearson (12 laps), Buddy Baker (6) and Donnie Allison (1).
The 2017 season marks the fiftieth anniversary of Petty’s win in a profession that culminated with 200 NASCAR Cup Collection victories general. Petty additionally lately celebrated his eightieth birthday on July 2, which was acknowledged with a lot fanfare through the Coke Zero four hundred race weekend at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
“The 1967 Southern 500 was an excellent win. To have the ability to win at Darlington, particularly in these days, was actually particular. The Southern 500 was, and nonetheless is, one of many nice races in our sport,” Petty stated.
With Darlington celebrating the 1985-89 period of the game for its throwback weekend, certainly one of NASCAR’s most memorable moments got here within the 1985 Southern 500, when Elliott gained the Winston Million. Elliott had already gained the Daytona 500 and Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway earlier within the yr, however following an 18th place displaying on the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, Elliott wanted a win at Darlington to safe the $1 million prize.
On Sept. 1, 1985, after taking the pole for the Southern 500, Elliott managed to move race chief Cale Yarborough with simply over forty laps to go and by no means relinquished the lead, preventing off Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt for the win. Elliott’s victory earned him a particular place in NASCAR historical past and the title “Million Greenback Invoice” from that day ahead.
“What a day, what a day!” Elliott stated in the course of the winner’s interview. “Thank the great Lord for searching for me in the present day. We didn’t outrun ‘em, we outlasted ‘em.”
“We’re honored to have two of NASCAR’s biggest legends, Richard Petty and Invoice Elliott, tempo the sector for the 68th operating of the Bojangles’ Southern 500,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp stated. “Their accomplishments in our sport and at Darlington might be celebrated throughout our throwback weekend and we’re excited that our followers could have the chance to see these two NASCAR heroes lead the sector to inexperienced.”
Petty was a part of the inaugural class of inductees into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame in 2010. Elliott was inducted into the NHOF in 2015.
Darlington Raceway’s award-profitable throwback marketing campaign is now The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR that includes the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. three, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Collection Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
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