Lee Petty, Harry Gant to be inducted into NC Motorsports Hall of Fame’s Walk of Fame

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty and fellow racing great Harry Grant will be inducted into the North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame’s Walk of Fame on Oct. 8, the Mooresville, N.C.-based Hall announced.

In-ground plaques immortalizing the two former NASCAR stars will be unveiled, the fifth straight year that the Hall has inducted racing greats into the Walk, according to National Speed Sport News.

A native of Randleman, N.C., who passed away in 2000 at the age of 86, Lee Petty won 54 races in his 16-year NASCAR career, including the first Daytona 500 in 1959. He will be represented for induction by son, fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Gant, of Taylorsville, N.C., won 18 races in a 15-year Sprint Cup career. But the nicknamed “Handsome Harry” also won more than 300 NASCAR sportsman races and three championships.

Gant, who will attend the induction with his family, holds the record for being the oldest driver to ever win a Sprint Cup race (52 years old, 1992 Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway).

“I am very pleased to be able to resume our celebration of the rich racing history here in North Carolina and specifically in Mooresville,” said Hall chairman and longtime Penske Racing executive Don Miller. “Mooresville is the absolute center of the sport of auto racing and the home of many of its famous personalities. We need to preserve this heritage.”

The festivities will be held outside the Charles Mack Citizen Center on the Walk of Fame, located at 215 N. Main St. in historic downtown Mooresville, from 4-5 pm ET. The public is invited.

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