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May 01, 2007



The Petty Ford has an interesting story behind it.

Chrysler went to the Road Runner for '69 but Richard wanted to run with a Charger. He was told in no uncertain terms to take a hike so Petty up and left to race the Torino for a single year.


I can see Jr. in a Mustang GT commercial or an F-350 Super Duty.

marc... the '69 Torino also took the championship that year, but it wasn't "The King" it was David Pearson


Nobody ever thought Bill Elliott, the comsumate Ford guy, would ever jump ship to Dodge, then Chevy, then test for Toyota. Mark Martin in a Chevy. That will never happen, many said. Sowhy not Junior in a Ford? If there is one thing I respect about Junior, it's that he has done everything in his power to be his own person and not simply try to ride on the coattails of his late father. Go for it Junior. I may have someone new to root for.


On the flipside, what happens if Yates moves their engine-building prowess to Chevy? They currently support all the Ford teams. Not only would it give DEI strong horses, Ford would be down to seven teams plus a huge hole in their engine package.


The only side to make a definitive statement through all of this has been the Yates group. Robert Yates has said, firmly, that they will remain a Ford team. The loss of Yates' expertise could be fatal to Ford's NASCAR effort. I would think that the suits in Daytona would do almost anything to prevent that from happening.

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