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Petty to Danica: 'This is not as easy as it looks'

Updated: November 5, 2009, 2:34 PM ET
By David Newton

LAS VEGAS -- Richard Petty had signed about his 300th autograph at the SEMA Show on Wednesday when I informed him that Danica Patrick was close to a deal with JR Motorsports.

"To do what?" NASCAR's seven-time champion said.

I smiled and said, "To drive in the Nationwide Series."

Petty smiled back and replied, "Just being politically correct."

Another first for the King: being politically correct on the subject of women in NASCAR.

About 40 years ago Petty told a group ...

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