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.
- Preview: IndyCar will race to honor Wilson, and to close its season, at Sonoma 1
- Andretti to field No. 25 car at Sonoma; Oriol Servia to drive Wilson tribute car 4
- IndyCars cross the Golden Gate Bridge; pay tribute to Justin Wilson (PHOTOS, VIDEO) 4
- Fast Facts: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 6
- NHRA: Pro Stock driver Erica Enders hitting on all cylinders heading into U.S. Nationals 3
- IndyCar flashback: Justin Wilson finishes second, Will Power/Scott Dixon controversy at Sonoma 2013 (video) 3
- Report: FIA to conduct closed cockpit tests next month 15