Petty's 200 victories a Phelps-like effort
In the wake of Michael Phelps winning a record eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics to surpass the seven Mark Spitz won in Munich, it's a good time to look at seemingly unbeatable records in NASCAR.
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#1 Aug 25, 2008
not only will richard petty's record of 200 wins never be surpassed, he holds quite a few more that would be almost impossible to beat. 27 wins in a single season, 10 wins in a row, 123 pole positions, most wins in "modern era", etc. to have set these high standards throughout a career that spanned 5 decades proves he has no equal and never will have.
#2 Aug 25, 2008
Apples and Oranges
#3 Aug 25, 2008
He wouldn't amount to a pile of bat guano in the modern era where there are only 36 points races, not 60!!! The cars are very closely monitored now, not so much in the past!!! His team had the money to buy whatever and whoever needed to insure a win!!!
Even with all these advantages, David Pearson was statistcally as good as, if not better than, Petty!!! In 63 races where Petty and Pearson finished 1st and 2nd, Pearson was 1st 33 times!!! David Pearson ran very few, if any, full seasons, whereas Petty would enter everything, even a Boy Scout soap box derby, if he thought he could win, lol!!!
#4 Sep 3, 2008
i agree things may have been different if david pearson had the drive and desire to run full time into the modern era. however, that just speaks even more about the competitive grit that makes petty stand out above all others in nascar history. you mention the modern era limit to 36 races. there have been varied numbers of races in a nascar season but only once in 1964 were there 62 races during a season. by the way, there were 6 seasons during petty's career that had 51 to 58 races, 7 that were 44 to 49. ALL others were 31 or less(the so-called modern era). you also say he had the money to but whatever and whoever needed to win. that's very funny since richard was always known for being too tight with his money. he and maurice did buy as much mopar equiptment as possible when chrysler quit backing teams. that being said, anyone could have had the forethought to do so but they didnt. im sure ford and gm also sold most of their racing supplies to the likes of the woods brothers, junior johnson, holman-moody etc., when they left the sport. richard never had any unfair advantage over other teams that had factory backing. he and his family had the drive, determination, and sheer talent needed to go out and win. folks like you try to denegrate his standing in the sport's history but you are simply showing a lack of knowledge. for example, during the last years of his career, many would like to say he wasn't competitive. however, the fact is only in the last five years of his career did he drop out of the top 14 in points. never did he drop below 29th (1989) during the modern era. so be it for bat guano.
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