It’s been more than 25 years since Richard “The King” Petty walked away from driving competitively in NASCAR.
The season finale in Atlanta back in 1992 was the last time Richard Petty raced in a NASCAR Cup Series race, but it definitely wasn’t the last time he drove on a track for a NASCAR race.
Back in 2017 for the playoff race at Darlington, Petty was selected as the honorary driver of the pace car, which for this race was his No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere that he won the 1967 Southern 500 at the race track. It was one of his 26 wins that year and the season during which he won his second championship.
During his 35-year career, Petty won 200 races, with a few of those wins coming at Darlington Raceway. So, to have his as the honorary pace car driver was only fitting. There was just one problem — The King didn’t want to leave the track.
After Petty had made his laps, it was time for him to come off the track, but he bypassed pit road. Then he did it again. And again, Eventually the flag man signaled to Petty that his time was up as he waved the black flag.
Only Petty could find a way to get black flagged 25 years into retirement.