By AMANDA VINCENT
Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., plans to add Richard Petty to its Legends Club on Saturday. Petty is a seven-time champion at NASCAR’s premier level and was one of the five members of the inaugural class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“It’s safe to say that Legends Club is certainly a comfortable and appropriate home for ‘The King,’ and it’s only fitting that he’s inducted during Chicagoland Speedway’s milestone 15th anniversary,” Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock said. “It is truly an honor to have Richard’s storied career celebrated at our facility as we kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
In addition to being tied with Dale Earnhardt for most NASCAR premier series championships with seven and being a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Petty is NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver with 200 wins at the top level. He retired as a driver at the end of the 1992 season but remains in the sport as a car owner.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for what you’ve done, especially from others,” Petty said. “That means a lot to us, our family and to everyone who has worked with us. It’s always been a team effort and not one single person to make it all happen. I’m just thankful that someone else sees all the hard work that we all put in.”
Chicagoland’s Legends Club boasts membership that already includes Rusty Wallace, Richard Childress, Fred Lrenzen, Dale Jarrett and Brett Bodine.
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