KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21: Grand Marshal and team owner Richard Petty gives the starting command during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.
You don’t have to be Richard Petty or Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordon to be a racing legend ... Those guys, Trickle and Evans, are racing legends too.
Fans are people, like me and you, and I’ve raced for so long I’ve learned that without them, we can’t do this ... So I take the Richard Petty approach: Sign as many autographs as I can and be appreciative. There are a lot of dirt tracks that are suffering now. But Beckley is doing good. So when the fans come out, I’m appreciative.
The legend of Dick Trickle was established long, long, long, long before he ever came south to run the Cup stuff ... He was the Richard Petty, the A. J. Foyt, the Mario Andretti of the Midwest tracks. It’s like saying Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty taught people here how to be Cup drivers. He taught people how to be short-track drivers.More quotes »
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