UNION COUNTY — A Union County youth finished 2016 in second place less than 20 points behind a veteran Hall of Fame driver in the Cherokee Motor Speedway Renegade Division competition.
Earl Petty, 19, is the son of Mike and Kim Petty and drives the #5 Monte Carlo that he and his father built. He races in the Cherokee Motor Speedway Renegade Division and in 2016 finished second for the year, just 16 points behind veteran driver Mitchell Duvall who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
The Cherokee Motor Speedway 2016 Point Standings for the Renegade Division Top Ten are:
1) Mitchell Duvall — 1556
2) Earl Petty — 1540
3) Lynn Guest — 1226
4) Brock Richey — 1108
5) Brandon Kinard — 818
6) Brandon Davis — 700
7) Mike Allen — 556
8) Todd Bolin — 548
9) Trevor Belue — 542
10) Tyler Love — 492
Petty’s performance was recognized at the Cherokee Speedway’s 2016 Championship Banquet held Friday, Jan. 27 at The Wooden Nickel in Shelby, North Carolina. During the banquet, Petty and Buddy Cudd were presented with the Second Place Trophy.
2017 Racing Season
The 2017 racing season at Cherokee Motor Speedway begins Sunday, Feb. 26 where Petty plans to continue to race in the Renegade Division. Petty is preparing for the 2017 racing season with an additional #5 Monte Carlo car that he and his dad also built that he plans to race in the Street Stock Division at Carolina Motor Speedway in Gastonia, N.C. He got exposed to the Street Stock Division when asked last year to drive the #7 Monte Carlo for Tommy Watson Racing. In May of last year, Petty was invited to attend a promo with the Performance Racing Network.
The 2017 racing season at Carolina Motor Speedway begins Friday, March 10.
Anyone interested in following Petty this racing season, can view his races on You Tube “Earl Petty at Cherokee Motor Speedway and Earl Petty at Carolina Motor Speedway” or by following him via www.earlpettyracing.shutterfly.com.
Petty is sponsored by Broad River Materials, Inc., The Tire Shop of Jonesville, Bailey’s Grill in Lockhart, Carter’s Auto Sales, Denton’s Gas Company, Mitchell Graphics, Mulls Starter and Alternator, and Upstate Auto Auction in Spartanburg.