1981 Daytona 500 Winner

Richard Petty – 1981 Daytona 500 Winner

February 15, 1981 the 23rd running of the “Great American Race”

Late in the race after everybody else made their pit stops for fuel and tires, some taking only 2 tires.  Richard Petty was in the led, but it was Petty’s turn to pit.  With a winning call from his crew chief Petty only took one can of fuel and no tires and that is how Richard Petty won his record setting 7th Daytona 500.  The 1981 Daytona 500 Winner…

Video by: Nascar All Out

 130,000 screaming race fans filled the grand-stands to watch the 1981 Daytona 500 that day.  Only 4 yellow flags, an exciting 48 led changes and an average speed of 169.651 MPH.  Bobby Allison would sit on the pole with a qualifying speed of 194.624 MPH.  The “King” Richard Petty would emerge victorious for this one… The 1981 Daytona 500 Winner…

Petty - 1981 Daytona 500 Winner

This is a great photo of Richard Petty proudly holding his grandson Adam Petty over his head in victory lane after winning the 1981 Daytona 500 for the 7th and record setting final time.  Photo provided by: Bench-Racing.blogspot.com   –   This post is dedicated to the memory of Adam Kyler Petty who got to enjoy the celebrations of Victory Lane. ~ TMC  Note: Adam Petty would grow up and have a successful short racing career himself.  God speed Adam…


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Daytona 500 Winners