Richmond II: Kyle Petty preview

Kyle Petty 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Kyle Petty: "We haven't turned the corner yet on the downforce tracks, but we can definitely see it. We were competitive at California and that is a place that I've not run...

Kyle Petty 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge

Kyle Petty:

"We haven't turned the corner yet on the downforce tracks, but we can definitely see it. We were competitive at California and that is a place that I've not run particularly well at in the past. We were running around the top-20 for quite a while and our lap times were solid. Everyone is working hard and that's what it takes. We need to continue to do that and end the season with some momentum for the off-season."

"Richmond was a good racetrack when it was a half-mile, but it was more like full-contact racing. It was really tight and you had to use the 'eight tires stick better than four' approach. When they reconfigured it they did a really nice job with the transitions in the corners. Now you have enough room to race side-by-side and it has become more of a finesse track than the old one. You still see bumping and banging, but you can pass without it now. It's definitely one of my favorites."

"You know, you never forget the first time you did anything. Your first homerun, first date with your wife or your first car. That's why Richmond will always be a special place for me. The 1986 season was a long time ago, but I can still remember that first Cup win like it happened yesterday. I was content to finish with a top-5, but (Dale) Earnhardt and (Darrell) Waltrip got together on the last lap, right in front of me and Joe Ruttman, and I was able to make it through. I think about that win a lot because I'd been trying for so long."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Joe Ruttman