I had always heard that Kyle Petty tried his hand as a country music singer back in the day, and I know about country music legend Marty Robbins’ second career as a NASCAR driver. I recently saw an episode of “Pawn Stars” on History and learned that there’s at least one Richard Petty album out there. No, the King didn’t sing on said album; the LP contained sounds from the race track and Petty talking about racing.
Still, it kind of made me wonder about some other off-the-wall, NASCAR-related facts out there to be found. While killing some time — or wasting it, depending on how you want to look out it — I thought I’d browse the Web for some useless NASCAR knowledge. Here’s list a few of the interesting tidbits I ran across. I also included a few others I’d heard over the years.
– The late Alan Kulwicki had glove boxes installed in his race cars, and he kept a comb in them. The 1993 Winston (now-Sprint) Cup champion wouldn’t get out of his car until after he combed his hair.
– Another Kulwicki tidbit: Junior Johnson wanted to hire Kulwicki to drive his cars and approached him about it twice. Kulwicki turned him down both times.
– There’s a popular saying in racing that drivers would wreck their mothers to win races. David Stremme actually did once, early in his career while racing the short tracks in Indiana. He also won his first race in his mother’s race car at the age of 15.
– Elliott Sadler holds the record for eating the most bologna burgers at South Boston (Va.) Speedway
– Jeff Gordon’s step-father John Bickford had a track built at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Indiana so that a young Gordon had a place to practice racing his quarter midget. The stipulation was that Gordon couldn’t practice while the fairgrounds hosted paying events.
– NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and his brother, Brian Keselowski, flipped a coin to decide which of them would inherit the seat in the family-owned K-Automotive entry in the NASCAR Craftsman (now-Camping World) Truck Series. Brad won.
– Early in his career, Michael Waltrip lived with Richard Petty. He started out living with Kyle, but Michael moved out of Kyle’s house and into Richard’s when he and Kyle had an argument that ended with Kyle throwing Michael’s shoes into a lake.
– Bobby and Donnie Allison are among a group of drivers known as the “Alabama Gang,” but the Allisons are actually natives of Miami, Fla.
– Ned Jarrett started racing under an assumed name to hide the fact that he was racing from his parents. They found out when he won. He later wrote a bad check to buy a car from Junior Johnson. He was able to cover the check by winning his first two races in the car.
Just a few NASCAR fun facts for your enjoyment. Enjoy!
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