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This shows that nasty words and hard feelings can be overcome.

Just about six weeks after Smithfield Foods left Richard Petty Motorsports — resulting in a nasty war of words on both sides — Smithfield is returning to RPM in 2018.

Smithfield issued a statement to the Sports Business Journal (subscription required) that said:

We’re pleased that there has been a resolution to this misunderstanding. Smithfield has enjoyed its six-year relationship with RPM and like any NASCAR supporter, we want to continue to see the No. 43 car on the track for years to come. Richard is truly a legend in NASCAR — a sport and community of fans that we love and are proud to continue to support in 2018.¬†


That tone is far different from September, when both sides exchanged harsh words.

Petty said he had a handshake agreement with Smithfield to continue sponsorship of the No. 43, but instead, Smithfield announced it was moving its sponsorship money to Stewart-Haas racing. Petty said, at the time, “I come from a time when we did major deals with sponsors like STP on a handshake. I’m sad to see this is where we are now.”

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Smithfield fired back, saying it couldn’t stay with¬† Petty because of poor results on the track and that he lied about a handshake deal.

Apparently, that’s now all in the rear view mirror. Adam Stern of the SBJ, in a series of tweets, said the Smithfield-RPM relationship will take a new form, and will still become a major sponsor for Stewart Haas,

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