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Richard Petty's stock car
Catalog #: 1985.0009.01
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
Winner of the Firecracker 400, Daytona Beach, July 1984. On the Fourth of July 1984, Richard Petty drove this car-bearing his traditional number 43-to first place in the Firecracker 400 race at Daytona Beach, FL. This finish gave Petty his 200th Grand National victory, an unmatched achievement in NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). Capable of speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, this red, white, and blue Pontiac was custom built by Curb Motorsports for the "super speedway" tracks at Daytona and Talladega, Alabama. Its V-8 engine, extensively modified from a General Motors block, produced 630 horsepower in dynamometer tests. The roll cage, harness, and fire suppression equipment greatly improved the driver's safety.
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Gift of Mike Curb

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