Jul 4, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT
Earlier this week, we wished “The King,” Richard Petty, a happy 77th birthday.
Meanwhile, NASCAR AMERICA asked whether Petty’s all-time record of 200 career victories would ever be equaled.
This Independence Day marks exactly 30 years to the day when Petty took that 200th career win at the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
On a day when President Ronald Reagan gave the command to start engines and was on site, Petty delivered the triumph after holding off Cale Yarborough on the run to the final caution flag. Yarborough pitted and fell to third behind Harry Gant.
Relive the day below.
- Sam Schmidt’s inspirational lap in SAM Project, Arrow Corvette on NBC Nightly News (VIDEO, PHOTOS) 0
- Hamilton may have won again, but it was Raikkonen and Rosberg who stood out in Bahrain 9
- Scott Dixon breaks through for elusive Long Beach win 3
- Hamilton pleased to fend off Ferrari in Bahrain despite last lap brake scare 1
- Hamilton puts on a show under the lights to win Bahrain GP 6
- Off The Grid: Melbourne premieres 1:30pm ET on NBCSN (VIDEO) 0
- Castroneves secures pole in IndyCar qualifying at Long Beach 1