NASCAR’s Richard Petty makes appearance at Knoxville Raceway

KNOXVILLE — Richard Petty sat in a suite high above Knoxville Raceway Saturday night, anxiously awaiting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Clean Harbors 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers.

His grandson, Thad Moffitt, was set to compete in the race and the famed 1/2-mile oval dirt track, home of the Knoxville Nationals.

Petty was the Grand Marshal for the race, and got to make the famous, “Drivers start your engines” call prior to the 150-lap feature.

As Petty peered out over the track, he took the living legend back to a time when he was Moffitt’s age. In those days NASCAR used to run on dirt tracks, long before the sport became a multi-million dollar industry.

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