RICHMOND, VA (Sept. 10)-NASCAR driver Adam Petty would not agree with the statement that the "third time's a charm." For him, it seems to be the first time. He proved that again with a top-10 finish in his very first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
RICHMOND, VA (Sept. 10)-NASCAR driver Adam Petty would not agree with the statement that the "third time's a charm." For him, it seems to be the first time. He proved that again with a top-10 finish in his very first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The young Petty ripped through the field from 25th on the grid to finish 10th at Richmond International Raceway Thursday night.
The 19-year old Petty marched to Victory Lane at Charlotte in his first ARCA run, and followed that performance with a sixth place showing this year in the NASCAR Busch Series opener in Daytona. Petty, the first fourth-generation athlete in professional sports history, has taken a combination of talent and maturity beyond his years, and has become a threat to win at any event.
Thursday night proved to be no exception for Petty as he piloted his No. 34 Sprint Prepaid PhonecardSM Dodge for the first time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (CTS). With only seven practice laps under his belt in a truck prior to the Richmond race, Petty started the "Virginia is for Lovers 200" in the 25th spot. Looking more like a CTS veteran, the hard charging Petty used the second groove to pick off positions one by one as he moved his way to the front of the field.
"Man I had a really great time out there tonight," Petty said after the race. "The trucks are definitely different to drive than the Busch cars, but I think I adjusted pretty quickly. Once we got that outside line working for us, we really started picking up some positions."
Petty moved into the top-10 shortly after the midpoint of the race. On lap 161, Petty's No. 34 was the fastest truck on the track, challenging CTS regulars Kevin Harvick and Randy Tolsma for the seventh and eighth positions. After the seventh caution of the evening on lap 183, Petty fell back to the tenth spot, where he finished the rain-shortened event.
It's was first race of a doubleheader for Petty, as he also ran the Autolite Platinum 250 back behind the wheel of his No. 45 Sprint Prepaid PhonecardSM Chevrolet for the Busch Series event.
"Hopefully some of what we learned last night will help us in our Busch race," Petty continued. "As a rookie, just getting seat time at these tracks is going to be beneficial in helping us run a smart race."