NASCAR's King has spoken. Richard Petty is releasing an audiobook to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his record 200th career victory.
Stock car racing “is a very popular sport, but every year that goes by, we leave a little bit of our past behind,” Petty said. He added that the audiobook “will help bring our colorful past into public consciousness. This is not just about Richard Petty or Petty Enterprises. This is about the history of a great sport.”
The four-hour, four-disc series is titled Richard Petty's Audio Scrapbook and can be pre-ordered here. On it, Petty is joined by longtime racing announcer Barney Hall, former crew chief Dale Inman and drivers Junior Johnson, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
“We raced each other hard, sometimes very hard, but we had a great time promoting NASCAR and helping build it into the sport it is today,” Petty said.
Known as “The King,” Petty won seven championships in his 35-year racing career and became just as well known for his trademark shades, cowboy hat, bushy mustache and boots.
His audiobook is scheduled for release in February during the week of the Daytona 500, a race he won seven times. Petty claimed victory No. 200 at one of the other major annual events at Daytona International Speedway, the Firecracker 400 in July 1984.
-- The Associated Press