For Kyle, Petty Enterprises ceased to...

For Kyle, Petty Enterprises ceased to be long before merger

There are 8 comments on the NASCAR Winston Cup Scene story from Jan 12, 2009, titled For Kyle, Petty Enterprises ceased to be long before merger. In it, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reports that:

Richard Petty may still be in NASCAR but as far as his son, Kyle Petty , is concerned, the family owned organization ceased to exist last season when it moved away from its birthplace in Level Cross, N.C. And ...

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United States

#1 Jan 12, 2009
R.I.P. Petty Enterprises.

United States

#2 Jan 19, 2009
Does this mean that Patty and Kyle are out of Richard's will?


Since: Jun 07


#3 Jan 19, 2009
Nana wrote:
Does this mean that Patty and Kyle are out of Richard's will?
No, this means it wasn't his father, Richard, that took him out of the 45 car, it was new president of the company when Petty Enterprises sold majority interest to Boston Ventures. Kyle hasn't nothing to be bitter about. Petty Enterprises would have been in much better shape if Kyle had taken himself out of the car years ago. Kyle's most competitive years was 92 and 93. Kyle has had one (1) top five since 97. Kyle has been racing since 79 and has 829 starts in the Cup series with a meager 8 wins to show for it. I have a world of respect for Kyle for his accomplishments and humanatarism but I can't but feel Kyle should have known long ago that it was time for him to get out of the car and put it in more capable and talented hands. No, I think Kyle and Richard are as close as ever, just not working together any more.

Sunnyvale, CA

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Good to know they will incorporate the Petty name.


Since: Jun 07


#5 Jan 19, 2009
Richard Petty Motorsports, RPM! Sounds good to me. I'd just love to see Richard with that big old grin and cowboy hat in winners circle one more time before they throw some dirt on one of us. My daddy took me to a lot of small tracks in the late sixties to see The King run that big blue Plymouth. If you weren't luck enough to have ever seen him run on dirt, I'm sorry, you missed the best part of the show. When he'd run the old 3/4 dirt track at the North Carolian fairgrounds you could close your eyes and tell every time he came by the old tin cover grandstand. No one else's car sounded like it did and no one else run out against the dirt cushion full throttle with the car jacked sideways like he did. Long live the KING!

Edwards, CA

#6 Jan 29, 2009
Kyle still has Coke & Wells Fargo. He might show up somewere.
Voice of Reality

Colonial Heights, VA

#7 Jan 29, 2009
The demise of Petty Enterprise is sad, however, it was very predictable, Richard and Kyle refused to change with the times.

Many other teams have suffered the same fate, Junie Donleavy, Bud Moore, Morgan McClure and many others. Soon, I am afraid, we will add the Woods Brothers to the list.

NASCAR, today, is a far different animal than it was 20, 10 and even 6 years ago. NASCAR is fast becoming more like Major League Baseball and Football than the historic NASCAR. I am afraid that soon we will have about 9 to 10 four car teams with minor league teams in Nation Wide, and Truck and as far down as ARCA and camping world late models. Hell, it is almost there already with the feeder system.

For the first 60 years NASCAR had a sanctioning body Independent Contractor relationship with drivers and car owners, however, with the cost of today's racing it will become more of a franchised relationship with only the invited teams like F-1.

NASCAR has already sent out "Paid Hack" Rick Hendrick attempting to convince people over the radio that racing would be better on many tracks with 36 cars, instead of the current 43 car starting field. Sounds funny that NASCAR and Boy Rick would make these statements since as of today there are only about 32 cars with full season sponsors. I am sure the powers that be in Daytona are thinking the fans will soon tire of the "Start and Park" cars that will become a larger part of NASCAR racing, this year.

I am glad that I had my fun with NASCAR when real drivers drove real cars for the love of racing as much as the money. This is why I have gravitated more to Amature Motorcycle Racing of CCS and WERA, rather than to support the plastic corporate drivers who drive non existent COTs on cookie cutter tracks that look good on TV.

The last funny thing is that quite a few tracks are cutting prices on the cheaper tickets, dam it looks bad on TV to have empty seats. This is why they are doing it, not because they want or feel they need the box of chicken, beer or cokes in the cooler fans of the "Cheap Seats".
Luke the Duke

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Feb 18, 2009
Pretty whiney, Kyle. You stepped out of your car to broadcast frequently the past few years, and were uncompetitive. If you had been competitive, you would still have a ride. Your 'poor Kyle' rant is very unbecoming. Grow up.

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