Petty wins at Tribal Nationals


Scores seventh victory of the season

Special to The Union Times



Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty stands behind the checkered flag that waved him to victory during the Tribal Nationals Race at the Cherokee Motor Speedway earlier this month. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.


Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty speaks with a fan during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.


Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Fans line up to meet local racer Earl Petty and get his autograph during a meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.


Photo courtesy of Kim Petty A fan chats with local racer Earl Petty during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.


Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Cherokee Motor Speedway owners Scott Childress (left) and Tony Adair (right) pose for a picture with local racer Earl Petty during the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division of the race which was held in Gaffney. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.


UNION COUNTY — Local racer Earl Petty’s string of victories on the track continued this month with another win in Gaffney.

Petty, 20, the son of Mike and Kim Petty, was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division at Cherokee Motor Speedway during the Tribal Nationals Race Oct. 5-7.

Thursday, Oct. 5 was open practice for all divisions while Friday, Oct. 6 was qualifying and heat races. The top two qualifiers were locked in on the front row for the main events which were held on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Petty, however, experienced some problems with his car on Friday and was unable to qualify. He nevertheless started in twelfth position in the main event in a pack of 16 cars and went on to win the race.

His victory during the Tribal Nationals is the seventh time this season that Petty has emerged triumphant in competition. Petty’s other victories were also at the Cherokee Motor Speedway and include five in the Renegade Division and a previous win in the Limited Sportsman Division.

In addition to racing, Petty also got to meet with and sign autographs for his fans during a “meet and greet” held by the speedway prior to the main event. The purpose of the meet and greet was to enable fans to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs.

The press release announcing the results of the race states that Petty “is so thankful for the support of his fans and his sponsors: Broad River Materials, Inc., The Tire Shop of Jonesville, Bailey’s Grill in Lockhart, Carter’s Auto Sales, Denton Gas Company, Inc., Mitchell Graphics, Mulls Starter and Alternator and Upstate Auto Auction in Spartanburg.”

Petty’s races may be viewed on YouTube by searching, “Earl Petty at Cherokee Motor Speedway” or following him at www.earlpettyracing.shutterfly.com.

Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty stands behind the checkered flag that waved him to victory during the Tribal Nationals Race at the Cherokee Motor Speedway earlier this month. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Earl-Petty-5.jpgPhoto courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty stands behind the checkered flag that waved him to victory during the Tribal Nationals Race at the Cherokee Motor Speedway earlier this month. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.

Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty speaks with a fan during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Earl-Petty-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Kim Petty Local racer Earl Petty speaks with a fan during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.

Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Fans line up to meet local racer Earl Petty and get his autograph during a meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Earl-Petty-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Kim Petty Fans line up to meet local racer Earl Petty and get his autograph during a meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.

Photo courtesy of Kim Petty A fan chats with local racer Earl Petty during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Earl-Petty-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Kim Petty A fan chats with local racer Earl Petty during a “meet and greet” at the Cherokee Motor Speedway in Gaffney. The speedway held the meet and greet prior to the main event of the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. The purpose of the meet and greet was to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite driver(s) and get their autographs. Petty was the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division during the Tribal Nationals Race.

Photo courtesy of Kim Petty Cherokee Motor Speedway owners Scott Childress (left) and Tony Adair (right) pose for a picture with local racer Earl Petty during the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division of the race which was held in Gaffney. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Earl-Petty-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Kim Petty Cherokee Motor Speedway owners Scott Childress (left) and Tony Adair (right) pose for a picture with local racer Earl Petty during the Tribal Nationals Race which was held Oct. 5-7. Petty beat 15 other drivers to become the featured winner in the Limited Sportsman Division of the race which was held in Gaffney. It was the seventh victory for Petty this year.
Scores seventh victory of the season

Special to The Union Times

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