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Has it really reached the point there's no spot for The King in NASCAR?

It has been a long decline for Petty Enterprises, a team that hasn't won in nearly a decade and hasn't claimed a title in 25 years. But what's saddest of all? The hero with the sunglasses and feathered hat has to answer to the suits after all, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: December 5, 2008, 1:03 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

NASCAR's most storied race team could be nearing the end of the line.

If Thursday's reports are true, Petty Enterprises might cease to exist in the way NASCAR fans have known it for more than half a century.

The Petty organization is involved in merger talks with Gillett Evernham Motorsports. If it happens, calling the transaction a merger is a generous gesture to a cherished and historic team.

GEM would add the legendary No. 43 Dodge to its ...

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