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.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto