LONG POND, Pa. — Richard Petty tried resting on the green artificial turf that covered the stage used for driver introductions.
It didn’t last long: At a NASCAR track, The King never goes unnoticed.
“Richard! Richard! King! King!”
Petty craned his neck and waved toward fans who couldn’t resist shouting at the race’s grand marshal from the 3-level structure at Pocono Raceway that rises high over the front stretch.
Behind those sunglasses, a design caught Petty’s eye. Yes, fans from kids to seniors had seats in the section labeled the Richard Petty 200 Victory Circle. The words were flanked by two images of Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses.
“Well, look at that,” Petty said, eyes fixed on the sign. “I didn’t know that. That’s the first time I ever paid attention.”
Petty had no idea some of the best seats in the house had long been named in his honor.
But you don’t need to sit in a pricey suite to know The King.