Advertisement

 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - When Richard Petty casts his ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's next class, the seven-time champion driver knows one name that will certainly be on his - Maurice Petty, his brother and chief engine builder.
Maurice Petty is one of five new nominees on the list of 25 announced this week for the next Hall of Fame class. He could become the third Petty in the hall.
Richard Petty was a member of the inaugural class in 2010 and father, Lee, was elected the next year. Dale Inman, his cousin, also was the first crew chief inducted.
``If it hadn't been for (Maurice), us three might have made it, or we would have made it at a different level,'' Richard Petty said this week at Texas, where the Sprint Cup Series ran Saturday night. ``It was a four-person team, and he was a big part of it.''
Maurice Petty, referred to by his brother as others as ``Chief,'' supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to most of his 200 NASCAR wins.
A 54-member voting panel next month will chose the five inductees for the new Hall of Fame class.
Richard Petty believes his brother should have already been nominated and elected before this year.
``Without a motor, we wouldn't have been nowhere,'' Richard Petty said. ``Each of us had a position. His position was make the car go. He did a pretty good job with it.''
And things were much different in those early days of racing.
Richard Petty pointed out that his brother built one engine at a time with little help, grinding and fitting everything together.
``He put it together and you didn't know whether it had horsepower or not. You thought it did. Undoubtedly, they must have,'' he said. ``He would assemble the thing, then go to race with us, tune it, and then he was on the pit crew.''
While Petty knows his brother will be on his ballot, he knows two people he won't be voting for - not yet, at least.
Petty doesn't think current car owners Richard Childress or Rick Hendrick should be on the ballot yet.
``Because they're still doing their thing. They're Hall of Fame people, but not now,'' Petty said. ``If they put them in, then every week they're going to have to change the stuff underneath their name.''
Drivers have to be retired a certain amount of time before they can be considered for the Hall of Fame.
When reminded that Childress and Hendrick were both retired drivers, Petty chuckled and said, ``That's just a little star down here.''

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

No NASCAR odds found

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Bad Boy Off Road 300 Picks The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back in action today with the Bad Boy Off Road 300. Here are some drivers we like for this NASCAR...
Thumbnail VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Picks The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back in action tonight to compete in the VistiMyrtleBeach.com 300. Here are the...
Thumbnail UNOH 175 Odds The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the racing weekend with the UNOH 175. Here is a look at the odds to win this...
Thumbnail VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series drives under the lights this Saturday when drivers compete in the VistiMyrtleBeach.com 300. Here is a look at the...
Thumbnail Bad Boy Off Road 300 Odds The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues the first stage of the Chase for the Championship this weekend with the Bad Boy Off Road 300. Here is a look at the odds to...
More inNASCAR Articles