Network's approach 'reinvigorates' him as son Adam's entry into the sport did Kyle Petty has joined the race-day broadcast team for NBC Sports Group, the organization announced Thursday, and is the latest figure to join the network's ever-growing cast of NASCAR experts in preparation for the 2015 season and beyond. Petty will work alongside Krista Voda, whose hiring was announced in late October, as an analyst on pre- and post-race shows surrounding NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage. He will also remain a regular contributor to "NASCAR America" on NBCSN. "Kyle Petty brings a lifetime of experience to our team that is unmatched," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. "As a driver, team owner, philanthropist and multigenerational observer of the sport, he has seen it all, and has great perspectives across NASCAR's full spectrum." Petty joins a group that already includes race announcer Rick Allen and on-air analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, along with reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns. The son of Richard Petty and grandson of Lee Petty , both NASCAR Hall of Famers, Kyle grew up entrenched in the sport and made 829 starts in NASCAR's premier series. A guest on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when the news was released, Petty joked, "Breaking news after I've been on "NASCAR America" on NBC for 23 weeks this year. Breaking news, I have a job next year." From his work on the nightly NBCSN show, Petty said the staff has "reinvigorated" him. He compared the network's fresh-eyed return to NASCAR to his late son's approach to racing when Adam became a national series competitor. "…when Adam came along, it was like I was seeing these race tracks for the first time because he was so excited," Petty said. "Even though he had been around the sport, he hadn't driven, and he was so excited. "(He would) tell me what the race track felt like or tell me what was going on at the race track or what he learned today at the race track. And I get that same feeling from these people at NBC. "They're just excited to be at the race track, and they're excited to be a part of the sport." FOX and NBC have exclusive NASCAR broadcasting rights, beginning next year. NBC will broadcast the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning next year. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Lee Petty helped NASCAR grow to what it is today along with being responsible for one of the best generations of NASCAR drivers.
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Manufacturer responds to team owner, would be disappointed if team left RELATED: Truex says they're 'gonna surprise some people' ADRIAN, Mich. -- Chevrolet officials took note this week when team owner Barney Visser broached the subject of a possible manufacturer change for his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 team. Asked about retaining the services of driver Martin Truex Jr ., whose contract is scheduled to end after the 2015 season, Visser told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday that re-signing the driver is "certainly something we want to do." RELATED: Remembering Truex's first career Cup win " Furniture Row team page "We just hate to screw around with anything right now, any negotiations, anything that might upset the applecart," he said. "... We'll get it done. We'll get in there and get started on this stuff. We'll see." Sponsorship, he said, was needed "to really negotiate the kind of contract we'd both like to see. "It may involve a change in manufacturer here, we're not sure. There just doesn't seem to be any money out of General Motors and probably never will be for us. So something's got to give." Furniture Row has fielded Chevrolet entries since it debuted in 2005 and is one of approximately 10 full-time teams fielding its SS model in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "We don't want to lose them; we've been there with them in every stage of their business and we're very happy to see they are doing that great," Alba Colon, General Motors program manager for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series effort said Thursday during an appearance here at the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee. "It's a little bit personal when you have seen how their team started with nothing and how far they have come; how that first day they came out to prove 'we are a small team from Colorado and we can prove that you can have a team that's not (based) in North Carolina.'" Truex Jr.'s win last Sunday in the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway was his first since joining the team at the beginning of 2014 and just the second for the single-car operation -- current XFINITY Series driver Regan Smith scored its first, at Darlington in 2011. RELATED: Truex's long road back to Victory Lane Second in points entering this weekend's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), Truex has led the most laps in the last four Sprint Cup races. He is one of only four drivers, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee Petty (1954, '59), Richard Petty (1969) and Kevin Harvick (2015), to start a season with 13 top-10s in the first 14 races. MORE: Schedule for Michigan, Gateway weekend The only active full-time Sprint Cup organization based outside the Carolinas, Furniture Row is funded through Visser's own business entities. It has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing , which supplies engines and technical/engineering support. GM officials don't provide financial details of the group's support, financial or otherwise, for the different NASCAR organizations with which the company is aligned. Nor does Ford nor Toyota, the two other auto makers currently competing in the series. It would be disappointing if the relationship with Furniture Row came to an end, Colon said. "First of all, they have been a Chevrolet team (from the beginning); pretty much 10 years I believe that they have always been a GM team," she said. "They started to build their engines themselves and after that they went to Hendrick Motorsports and now they have the alliance with RCR so they have been a part of the Chevy family since they started. "Don't tell me you don't (build) relationships in 10 years. We have a good relationship with our teams; we don't want to lose any of our teams. But at the end of the day, outside of the personal side, business is business and manufacturers and teams make the decisions that they think are the best for their circumstances. "The biggest example -- Joe Gibbs Racing when they made the decision (to switch from Chevrolet to Toyota in '08) that they thought was the right choice for them. "It's just part of the business and we understand that." RELATED: Is Truex a legitimate championship contender? FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Lee Petty's grandsons and sons officially induct their grandfather and father into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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Maurice Petty , a well known engine builder for Petty Enterprise; He is the fourth member of the Petty family to be inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
No. 48 driver holds off Harvick in green-white-checkered finish RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " BUY: Johnson gear, merchandise DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson , welcome to the club. With his overtime victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway , Johnson became the fifth driver to win 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at a single track, joining Richard Petty , David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in sharing that distinction. Johnson’s triumph was his series-best fourth of the season and the 74th of his career, eighth most all-time and two behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt in seventh place. Unlike many of the six-time champion’s past victories at the Monster Mile, this was not a dominating performance by the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson led but 23 laps, and didn’t take the top spot until he beat race runner-up Kevin Harvick to the stripe for a restart on Lap 383. Johnson quickly cleared Harvick and led the rest of the way, but not before a caution for a wreck involving Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch slowed the field on Lap 386. At that point, Johnson and Harvick were the only two drivers to stay out on old tires, but Johnson was able to maintain control of the race on the subsequent restart on Lap 391. He repeated the performance during a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event five laps past its posted distance of 400, after a wreck involving Greg Biffle , Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger produced the seventh caution on Lap 398 and forced the overtime. After the final restart on Lap 404, Johnson crossed the finish line .435 seconds ahead of Harvick, who posted his ninth top-2 finish in 13 races this season and extended his series lead to 44 points over sixth-place finisher Martin Truex Jr . Johnson said he was able to maintain the lead on old tires “just driving hard and working that track bar adjuster as much as I could. “I was trying to be smart with my line and I guess guys on two tires weren’t all that fast. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) said something to me about that on the radio, and they never really came, you know? The No. 4 (Harvick) and I did just fine on old tires and held those guys off.” Harvick, on the other hand, had no track bar to work with, because the in-car adjuster had broken during the race. “Yeah, we just struggled at the end of the race on restarts, really all day on the restarts,” said Harvick, who led 91 laps but failed to get his first victory at the high-banked concrete track. “Once the track bar broke, we were pretty much in a box and just kind of had to hold on for the first 25 laps (of a run), and if we weren't in the front, then we struggled to just maintain what we had. “All in all, everybody did a great job, and I think when you look at Dover, it's been a good race track for us. We've led laps and just haven't quite finished it yet, but a good, solid day.” Kyle Larson ran third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola . Starting on the outside of the front row next to Coors Lights Polesitter Denny Hamlin , Truex led a race-high 131 laps—racking up most laps led in his third straight Sprint Cup points race without winning. Hamlin led 118 laps but was waylaid by the Lap 386 wreck and came home 21st, three laps down. Notes: Johnson has now led 2,999 laps at Dover, one shy of become the seventh driver in Sprint Cup history to lead 3,000 laps at a single track… This was only the second green-white-checkered-flag finish at Dover, the first coming in the fall of 2005, and the first ever in the Sprint Cup race at the Monster Mile… In his second race back from surgery to repair his broken right leg and left foot, Kyle Busch was a fixture in the top five until Brian Scott ’s Chevrolet collided with Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in Turn 3 on Lap 376. Busch finished 36th, suffering a setback to his hopes of finishing in the top 30 in the regular-season standings. Busch is now 40th, 168 points behind 30th-place Justin Allgaier . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule All-time premier series wins Rank Driver Wins 1. Richard Petty 200 2. David Pearson 105 3. Jeff Gordon 92 4t. Bobby Allison 84 4t. Darrell Waltrip 84 6. Cale Yarborough 83 7. Dale Earnhardt 76 8. Jimmie Johnson* 74 9. Rusty Wallace 55 10. Lee Petty 54 *Record 10th win at Dover *Becomes fifth driver to win 10 or more at one track, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Richard Petty , Darrell Waltrip
Richard and Kyle Petty remember their late mother and wife Lynda.
'Chief', 'Iron Man' part of five-man class to join NASCAR Hall of Fame