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NASCAR: Richard Petty won his 200th career race, 30 years ago today at Daytona

Jul 4, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

(AP Photo/Terry Renna) AP

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.

  1. techmeister1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    He’ll always be the King. I hope he doesn’t continue to tarnish his rep with foolish comments as he ages. It’s very unbecoming of a legend who has done and achieved so much.

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