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Finally, Petty back in the hunt

Updated: September 11, 2009, 2:40 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

It's good to see the old boy on the scent again.

Richard Petty hasn't so much as sniffed a championship on the wind since his seventh and last one as a driver, in 1979. Now he has a chance again -- not a great chance, but a chance.

He's close to making the hunt he's never made before, the Chase.

He senses it. You can tell as he speaks again of "circumstances," his favorite word for the fatalism that has ruled his career and his life, through the triumphs and the tragedies.

Listen.

"No ...

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