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Macon Speedway’s Spring Fling season opener cancelled by heavy rains, saturated grounds


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MACON, Ill. – The seventh annual Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway featuring the UMP Champions Showdown and POWRi midgets Saturday has been cancelled because of heavy rains and saturated grounds.

Macon Speedway now will open its 69th season on April 12 with full weekly racing highlighted by the Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP late models. The series will tour through a total of four Illinois tracks before declaring a points champion. The total purse for the series is $5,000. Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and B-mods will also race. Gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

POWRi will make its first appearance at Macon Speedway on April 26.

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Go to our website to join the Macon Speedway Club for Email blasts and a texting service.

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Macon Speedway sets tire rules

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway set its tire rules for the 2014 season.

For the first four weeks until May 1, cars are allowed to use A’s and H’s on the rear. No D tires are allowed. On the front, all A’s, H’s and D’s are allowed until May 1. After May 1, no D’s will be allowed at Macon Speedway.

A’s, H’s, D’s are allowed for Track Enterprise races at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

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Macon Speedway opens season Saturday with UMP Showdown, POWRi plus Schrader in modified

 

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MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night Saturday. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Showdown by bringing modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and micros on the banked fifth-mile dirt oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season.

Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader will also race his modified in the season opener, providing even more fireworks to an already exciting night.

“There’s no better way to start the season than giving our dirt-track fans the best of both worlds,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our Champions Showdown allows drivers to battle it out for bragging rights. The POWRi series is a fan favorite for the open-wheel crowd.’’

Track champions were invited from 13 local speedways to battle for the pride that goes with beating the best from the area’s other tracks. In addition to the prize winnings, each Champions Night winner also receives a trophy to take to the home track.

“Each speedway thinks they have the best drivers,’’ Sargent said. “Let’s find out who can take home the bragging rights for 2014.’’

Macon Speedway reigning champs Guy Taylor of Springfield in Billingsley Towing modifieds, Gene Reed of Blue Mound in street stocks and Adam Webb of Decatur in hornets can defend the honor of the historic short track.

Meanwhile, the POWRi midgets and micros make the first of their six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track on the POWRi schedule. The POWRi summer season runs through five states, and the midgets fly around the high-banked oval at Macon Speedway. Fans saw Danny Stratton, Christopher Bell, Andrew Felker and Brady Bacon win features at Macon Speedway in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series last season. Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., is the reigning series champion.

“Our fans really enjoy watching these POWRi midgets handle our speedway,’’ Sargent said. “The talent level is amazing, and the machinery is top notch.’’

Opened in 1946, Macon Speedway is co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace and Schrader. Racing runs every Saturday through Sept. 27 at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles.

For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track). Follow Macon Speedway at www.maconracing.com,  www.facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway. Stay tuned for the Macon Speedway Club with a texting service and Email newsletter.

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Schrader to race modified in Macon Speedway’s Spring Fling season opener Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – The Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway set for Saturday just added another attraction. Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader, a NASCAR star who is concentrating now on his dirt track program, plans to race a modified when the historic track opens for its 69th season with the Spring Fling that also features UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros.

A Missouri native, Schrader didn’t want to miss a big night of action on the famed fifth-mile track. Schrader will also stay late in the Macon Speedway pits to sign autographs.

“It’s always great to see other drivers come to our track and race against our very talented and fast drivers,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Ken started his career on the dirt, and he just can’t get enough of it. Ken has a busy schedule this season, so we’re lucky to have him racing in our Spring Fling season opener.’’

Schrader and Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace are also planning to race at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., Sunday when the UMP modifieds share the half-mile track with the USAC Silver Crown cars for the Sumar Classic.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and gates swing open at 5. Racing starts at 7. It’s a night when the pits are expected to reach overflow capacity with top-rate machinery and talented drivers who love to run Macon Speedway’s fast corners.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, go online at www.maconracing.com, Facebook.com/maconracing and @maconspeedway on Twitter. A new texting service is coming soon.

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Drivers, fans enjoy busy day during Macon Speedway Test N Tune practice session

 

 

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MACON, Ill. – The green flag will fly on Macon Speedway racing season Saturday (April 5), and it’s going to be a great season if the Test N Tune practice session Sunday was any indication.

Roughly 60 cars spread over all classes at Macon Speedway hit the fifth-mile banked oval for some practice on a gorgeous spring afternoon. The track was fast, and the drivers were showing off new paint jobs and sponsors. Plenty of fans took advantage to grab a seat and one of those famous Macon Speedway hot dogs for a race-day style picnic. There was plenty of dirt tracking on the historic Macon Speedway track. The drivers are itching now to return for the season opener.

Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night Saturday. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Night by bringing modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and mini-sprints on the banked fifth-mile clay oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season. Pits open at 4 p.m., gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 Wiles. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). A texting service is coming soon.

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Macon Speedway opens for practice

 

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MACON, Ill. – It’s time to hit the track at Macon Speedway.

Test N Tune practice is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (March 30) at historic Macon Speedway, the fifth-mile banked dirt oval. Cars in all classes have been invited for an open practice session, the only practice time before the season opener on Saturday (April 5).

Gates and the pits open at 11 a.m. General admission is free. Concessions will be open. The forecast calls for a gorgeous day. It’s going to be a fun day at the track.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling Saturday. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season. Pits open at 4 p.m. Gates swing open at 5, and racing begins at 7.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

To keep up on all the wheel to wheel action at Macon Speedway, go online to the track website (www.maconracing.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

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Macon Speedway season getting up to speed with car show Saturday, practice session Sunday

 

 

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MACON, Ill. – The 2014 Macon Speedway season is unofficially here with the Macon Speedway Car Show Saturday (March 29) and Test N Tune practice Sunday (March 30) on the historic fifth-mile banked dirt oval.

The Macon Speedway Car Show is 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum on U.S. 36 east in Decatur. Drivers will proudly unveil their race cars for the first time, showing off new paint schemes and sponsors. It’s a great day to get up close and personal with the machines that will tear around the Macon Speedway dirt track.

Come visit to see the cars and you just might win a prize or contest. Bring your camera. The car show is a prelude to action on the track, which gets underway Sunday.

Test N Tune practice runs from noon to 4 p.m. The pits open at 11 a.m. General admission is free. The concession stand will open. It’s the first chance for drivers to test their equipment on the historic track. Action on historic Macon Speedway will be furious, because this is the only practice session before the speedway opens.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Located nine miles South of Decatur, Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com for a complete 2014 race schedule, news, updates, blogs and additional information. For quick and convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter (@maconspeedway). The Macon Speedway Club is coming soon with a texting service.

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Nine Different Winners in Ten LOLMDS Events, Don O’Neal Takes Over Series Point Lead

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WAYCROSS, GA (March 27, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series has completed ten (10) sanctioned events so far in 2014, with nine (9) different drivers visiting victory lane to date. The series has seen some intense and fierce battles with competition at an all-time high.  The Wrisco Feature Winners Category includes:  Jonathan Davenport (GIS), Chris Madden (GIS), Steve Francis (GIS), Eddie Carrier Jr. (East Bay), Dennis Erb Jr. (East Bay), Bobby Pierce (East Bay), Billy Moyer (East Bay twice), Davey Johnson (East Bay) and Don O’Neal (Brownstown). Billy Moyer is the only repeat winner on the series so far in 2014.

 

The record for different winners on the LOLMDS was 23 in 2008.  Wrisco Aluminum will present a cash award, at the year-end awards banquet, to the driver that wins the most feature events, on the series in 2014.  Be sure and visit their official website at  www.wrisco.com.

 

Don O’Neal from Martinsville, IN took over the top spot in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship point standings this past Saturdaynight with his win at the Indiana Icebreaker.  Saturday’s win at the historic Brownstown Speedway was the first win for O’Neal, since stepping into the Clint Bowyer owned #5 Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Barry Wright Race Car in 2014.  O’Neal’s win Saturday night was his 54th career victory at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN and his 5th career Indiana Icebreaker victory.  O’Neal now leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Point Standings by 25 points over 4-Time LOLMDS Champion Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and 30 points over Bowyer Racing team-mate, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY.

 

“Were excited to get off to a great start this year and take over the point lead.  I’m really glad to get my first win for Clint Bowyer and all the great sponsors that support his organization.  I’m really excited about our team this year.  It’s a testament to how hard our guys are working back in the shop for both Steve and myself to have a win on the series and in the top three in points already.  I’m pumped up and ready to get some more wins and win a championship for CBR”, stated Don O’Neal.

 

Eddie Carrier Jr of Salt Rock, WV is off to a great start on the series with one win already and currently is in 4th place in the championship point standings, while John Blankenship of Williamson, WV sits in 5th place in the series point standings.  Rounding out the top ten in the LOLMDS championship points standings include: Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR and Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL.

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sit idle this weekend and resume the 2014 season with a three-race swing in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma on the first weekend of April.  The series will travel to Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS on Friday April 4th and then visit Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, LA on Saturday April 5th.  The series will conclude the three-race swing with a visit to Outlaw Motor Speedway in Muskogee, OK on Sunday, April 6th.  All three events will consist of Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and a 50-Lap feature event, paying $10,000 to win and $800 to start.  TheApril 4th event at Jackson Motor Speedway is the final event for drivers to declare their intentions to compete for the Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year for 2014.  Series officials will officially announce the drivers competing for the 2014 Rookie of the Year, following this three-race weekend.

 

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at:www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2014 the LOLMDS will sanctions 47 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcasted on four TV Networks in 2014 including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and MAVTV American Real Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at www.Lucasdirt.com.

 

About MAVTV American Real Network

 

MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Networks executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience. In 2011, Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production, purchased MAVTV. Lucas Oil was eager to employ the same growth strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network that it employed to grow the lubricants business. MAVTV aims to become a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family. Lucas Oil is investing in programming, an updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the viewer experience. MAVTV is an acronym that stands for Movies, Action and Variety. MAVTV brings you plenty of never-before-seen high definition exclusives, including Comedy, Movies, Action Sports, Adventure and More, all in fantastic HD detail. MAVTV is no ordinary television network. It’s a 24/7, high-definition entertainment extravaganza, featuring everything from blockbuster films, high octane motorsports, MMA fighting, gaming, gut busting comedy, original reality shows and scripted dramas. Learn more about MAVTV American Real go to www.mavtv.com.
About Lucas Oil Products

 

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at www.lucasoil.com.

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Macon Speedway Car Show set for Saturday at Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum

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MACON, Ill. – It’s time to roll out the cars that will bring fans to their feet this season at Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum partnered to bring race fans the Macon Speedway Car Show, an event that kicks off the racing season. The show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, located at 3635 U.S. 36 east in Decatur. Drivers will begin arriving with race cars after 9:15 a.m. Admission is free. Prizes and contests are planned throughout the day to keep the crowd revved up.

Fans and fellow drivers are invited to see some of the cars that will race when Macon Speedway opens April 5 for its 69th season. Race teams spent the past few weeks completing final preparations for the season, and they are excited to show off their race cars. Fans can also see the Macon Speedway two-seater late model used for special rides at the race track.

“The Macon Speedway Car Show is an unofficial start to our season,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “It’s great to see the cars that will race at our historic track. The drivers and mechanics have been working hard to prepare for the season. They’re excited to show off their race cars to fans and other drivers. This is a proud moment for the local racing community.’’

Opened in 2009, the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum boasts a large collection of some of Detroit’s finest American-made engineering from Chevrolet. An extensive collection of Chevrolet’s hottest cars and memorabilia from the 1920’s through today fill the exhibits. Race cars, Indianapolis pace cars and show cars are among the items on display. Museum services include available climate controlled indoor storage and secured outside storage. Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum also provides banquet services for all types of celebrations or club events.

The speedway is scheduled for Test N Tune practice Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Gates open at 11 .m. Grandstand general admission for Test N Tune is free, and the concession stand will be open. Macon Speedway updates can be found online at the track website (maconracing.com,) Facebook (Facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling on April 5. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000 or check online.

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The passing of Mrs. Lynda Petty

MACON, Ill. – It’s with much regret that Macon Speedway must inform local race fans of the death of Lynda Gayle Owens Petty, 72, the wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty.

One of the first women of NASCAR and its most beloved wife, mother and friend, Mrs. Petty passed away peacefully at her home in Level Cross, N.C., today. She was surrounded by her family. Affectionately known as “Mrs. Lynda” to so many, Lynda Petty set a standard for being a loving, supportive and, when needed, an authoritative wife and mother. She also set the benchmark for being a leader in her local community while raising a family in the fast-growing sport of stock car racing.

It was with strong will that Lynda fought cancer over the past several years. It was the same determination that led her to make a difference as a Red Cross volunteer, a school volunteer, the president of the athletic booster club and a Girl and Boy Scout leader in her lifetime. She also served on the Randolph County School Board for 16 years and was on the board of the Randolph County Hospice.

Lynda helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary and will always be remembered as the wife to Richard. Their steadfast love endured trials that only a marriage of over 50 years can. Through triumph and heartache, Lynda Petty was the castle that supported a king in private and public moments.

Lynda is proceeded by grandson Adam K. Petty and is survived by her loving husband Richard; son, Kyle and daughters Sharon and husband Terry Farlow; Lisa and husband Charlie Luck; Rebecca and husband Brian Moffitt. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren Austin Petty and wife Sarah; Hannah and husband Brad Leonard; Montgomery and husband Randy Schlappi; Maggie and Kyle Farlow; Richard, Sarah and Margaret Luck; Helen, Thad and Harrison Moffitt, and great grandchildren Sullivan Mae Schlappi and Adam Christopher Stonewall Petty.

A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman, North Carolina which Pastor Kenny Crosswhite will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:

Petty Family Foundation
311 Branson Mill Road
Randleman, N.C. 27317

“On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the Petty Family regarding the loss of their beloved matriarch, Lynda Petty,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR landscape. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Pettys throughout this difficult time.”

Just last summer, Richard Petty traveled to Macon Speedway, and he was a most gracious and pleasant gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the family.

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