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Relevance is King-sized problem for Richard Petty’s race team


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The cowboy hat and dark sunglasses still are iconic trademarks, along with the toothy smile, homespun charm and a reputation for never turning his back on a race fan.

While his legacy as the sport’s greatest driver and ambassador remains larger than life in NASCAR, Richard Petty has been in a difficult, if not impossible, mission to be something more than a figurehead in a sport he helped build.

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