King Richard Petty Slams NASCAR Before Daytona

Legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty thinks that the current Daytona 500 is more about running that racing, criticizing the regulation changes introduced in recent years.
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The seven time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion argues that the "Battle at the Beach" is now just a lapse of what racing used to be and that the drivers are wrecking each other to often trying to win.

"I look at that as racing and now they just run," Petty said. “Now I see it more as a plain old gamble if you're in the right place at the right time, you win a race. Big deal is that you have to be up there. But you take pot luck and each of the last three laps is a different crowd and wherever they stop the race is who wins it."

The 2013 Daytona 500, this season's first NASCAR race, will take place Sunday, February 24.

Now 75 years old, Richard Petty retired in 1992, after 7 Sprint Cup Series championships and 1,184 races, of which 200 were victories.

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