ADAM PETTY TO DRIVE IN BLUEBONNET 300 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 6, 1999) - His family name is legendary in auto racing. He is the first fourth-generation athlete in the history of sports. He is Adam Petty. And he will...
ADAM PETTY TO DRIVE IN BLUEBONNET 300 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 6, 1999) - His family name is legendary in auto racing. He is the first fourth-generation athlete in the history of sports. He is Adam Petty. And he will be driving the Sprint Pre-Paid Phone Card Dodge truck for Petty Enterprises on Oct. 15 in the Bluebonnet 300 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Petty is in his first full year of racing in the NASCAR Busch Series. He competed in the Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 27, finishing 39th after starting third in the field. Petty will drive in the NASCAR Busch Series race in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 9 before climbing into the truck in Texas next week.
"Until I ran the race at Richmond, I had next to no experience in the trucks," Petty said. "I have watched the races and they looked like a lot of fun, and I have always wanted to try them. I have done a lot of talking and asked a lot of questions and everybody tells me racing the trucks feels like you are in a Winston Cup car with a truck body. From an experience standpoint, it ought to really help me. That is one of the main reasons we are running at Texas - to get plenty of lap experience in practice and in the race."
Petty is currently third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings heading into the Charlotte race this week. He finished 180 laps before being involved in an accident at the MBNA Gold 200 on Sept. 25 at Dover Downs International Speedway. `
Father Kyle Petty currently drives on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and was named 1998 NASCAR True Value Man of the year, while grandfather Richard Petty and great-grandfather Lee Petty are stock car racing legends in their own right.