Richard Petty named first NCMA Chairman

Richard Petty to serve as first North Carolina Motorsports Association Chairman "The King" says such an Association is way overdue CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 15) -- The North Carolina Motorsports Association announced today after a meeting at Lowe's...

Richard Petty to serve as first North Carolina Motorsports Association Chairman

"The King" says such an Association is way overdue

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 15) -- The North Carolina Motorsports Association announced today after a meeting at Lowe's Motor Speedway that Richard Petty has agreed to serve as the Association's first Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Petty, the winningest driver in the history of NASCAR said: "Motorsports is a great part of the culture and tradition of North Carolina. Hundreds of thousands of fans attend motorsports events all over North Carolina, yet the impact of the motorsports industry on the economy and tourism has not adequately been recognized. I am very pleased to serve as the first Chairman of the Motorsports Association and help give the industry the clout it deserves."

The North Carolina Motorsports Association was formed to show the importance of the industry on North Carolina's economy and the role it plays in developing new and high paying jobs. "At a time when North Carolina is losing jobs in the manufacturing, agricultural and textile industries, the motorsports industry is creating hundreds of new jobs." Petty said.

Petty said the Association is undertaking a very aggressive membership campaign and is inviting participants, sponsors, vendors and other individuals or organizations involved in all aspects of motorsports to join the association. He added that motorsports in North Carolina is not limited to just NASCAR racing but includes drag racing, karting, monster trucks, boat racing, motorcycles and other forms of motorsports. "We want the Association to represent all forms of motorsports in North Carolina and are working hard to involve them in the organization." Petty added.

The North Carolina Motorsports Association was founded in 2002 to represent the industry in legislative and regulatory activities, provide seminars on subjects of importance to those individuals involved in the sport and to study the economic impact the industry has on North Carolina's economy.

Other members of the board of directors are: Jay Abraham, NASCAR Images; Roger Bear, Keystone Marketing; Chris Browning, North Carolina Speedway; Sherry Clifton, Hickory Motor Speedway; Steve Earwood, Rockingham Dragway; John Erickson, Penske Racing South; Jim Hannigan, Petty Enterprises; Thad Lewallen, To The Point, Inc.; Wendy Morefield, Mooresville Travel and Tourism Authority; Doug Stafford, Lowe's Motor Speedway; and Butch Stevens, BSR Products.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Chris Brown
Teams Team Penske