On this day in Alabama history: Lee Petty raced his sons

On this day in Alabama history: Lee Petty raced his sons
An image of Lee Petty on the jumbotron during NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Oct. 13, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Aug. 3, 1960

Lee Petty was an American stock car racing driver and one of NASCAR’s first superstars. He won the NASCAR Grand National Series drivers championship three times. On this day in 1960, he raced against his sons, Richard and Maurice, for the first and only time at Dixie Speedway in Birmingham. Richard Petty finished second, while Lee placed third. Richard Petty became one of the most successful stock car racing drivers in history.

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