Honoring ‘The King’: Richard Petty named Grand Marshal for next week’s Cup race at Martinsville


It’s going to be a very busy weekend for Richard Petty next week at Martinsville Speedway.

First, his namesake company, Richard Petty Motorsports, is expected to make a major sponsorship announcement for the No. 9 car of Sam Hornish Jr. for the 2015 season.

Then, Petty will serve as Grand Marshal for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Sprint Cup race, where in a fitting honor for the man known as “The King,” he’ll parade around the track and then issue the command to drivers to start their engines.

It’s a fitting honor at a fitting venue for Petty: of his 200 career Cup wins, the King won 15 races at the half-mile bullring, tying his 15 wins at now-defunct North Wilkesboro for the most career wins at a NASCAR track.

Petty is a longtime endorser for Goody’s.

“Having Richard Petty serve as the Grand Marshal of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at a historic track like Martinsville is a testament to his legendary career in NASCAR and his long-time partnership with the Goody’s brand,” Joseph Juliano, Goody’s Brand Director, said in a media release.

“It is a true honor to be associated with the King of Speed, and we are extremely fortunate to have a living legend like Richard Petty on the Goody’s team,” Juliano added.

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