Petty Motorsports ready for a fight

It may have been only one race, but for Richard Petty, and the team that now bears his name, the Daytona 500 was a breath of fresh air, writes David Newton.

Updated: February 17, 2009, 4:08 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was difficult to tell this was the "King" of NASCAR walking through the darkness of the Sprint Cup garage Sunday night. An umbrella caused a shadow over much of his tall, lanky frame. Then there was the baseball cap replacing his signature cowboy hat.

And there were no sunglasses.

But the smile gave him away.

It's hard to miss the big-toothed smile of Richard Petty, and after watching three of his cars at newly formed Richard ...

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