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Old 01-26-2017, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Portland
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My last trips there was back when Kyle Petty was winning.
I like that style racing too, but it seems nearly nonexistent anymore.
I had no idea KP won any races so I looked it up. 8 wins between '86 and '95.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJoiYRy6B_o
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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I had no idea KP won any races so I looked it up. 8 wins between '86 and '95.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJoiYRy6B_o
Kyle had a good shot at the championship in '92.

He was a star driver between about 89-92. He was stuck with a pretty average team was part of his problem. I've said this before here.. Not alot of difference between Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Jr other than Junior has been in far better equipment.
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Fair comparison between Kyle and Jr.
Jr has had some of the best equip. available his entire career, minus a few late seasons at DEI.. yet he has honestly under achieved, at least from a winning stand point. He has always been competitive.. many top 10s all year long but few wins.. its as if the drive or desire to do whatever it takes to WIN is not in him like it was his dad.. could be he doesn't NEED to win, like his dad did, especially early in his dads career..

I specifically remember watching Kyle win his LAST WIN...
sometime in the mid 90s, can't remember where it was but i believe he had Mt Dew on the hood..
He was dominating that day but seemed like a one hit wonder, at least for the season.. can't remember him doing much after that.. i think i recall a top 10 at Charlotte one year when there were nothing but wrecks taking OUT most of the field and he was able to climb into the top 10.. might have been his last top 10.
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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Fair comparison between Kyle and Jr.
Jr has had some of the best equip. available his entire career, minus a few late seasons at DEI.. yet he has honestly under achieved, at least from a winning stand point. He has always been competitive.. many top 10s all year long but few wins.. its as if the drive or desire to do whatever it takes to WIN is not in him like it was his dad.. could be he doesn't NEED to win, like his dad did, especially early in his dads career..

I specifically remember watching Kyle win his LAST WIN...
sometime in the mid 90s, can't remember where it was but i believe he had Mt Dew on the hood..
He was dominating that day but seemed like a one hit wonder, at least for the season.. can't remember him doing much after that.. i think i recall a top 10 at Charlotte one year when there were nothing but wrecks taking OUT most of the field and he was able to climb into the top 10.. might have been his last top 10.
If I recall.. Kyle's last win was at Dover, and it was the week after Labonte's second career win at Michigan.. Or perhaps his first at the Coke 600. So, 1995.

He did a Ricky Rudd there as I recall as well.. Fell out of the car and was interviewed in victory circle getting oxygen.

It was immediately after Bobby's first career win.. And I seem to recall Bobby competing that day for the win as well. Yep.. Bobby finished second.

I can remember 20 years ago, I can't remember 5 minutes ago.

But I seem to remember he had Coors Light on the car at that time. Mello Yello had left and that was the first year that Coors took over sponsorship.


One of the things I've always wondered.. Speaking of Coors Light.. Off I-85 around Gaffney, SC.. There's this.. Storage area for lack of a better term that always had show cars and stuff for Coors Light there. I've never known what that is.. If anyone has any knowledge about it.. Just curious.

https://goo.gl/maps/rbSpczm3rB82

That's the spot. If you go through the previous dates, google maps has a view from 2012 where there's alot of Coors branded buses and the like there. And you can actually see a Miller Lite #2 trailer of some kind.
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Mello Yello.. yea, now i remember.. it was not Mt Dew.. funny.

I like Kyle a lot in the booth or in the studio pre race.. he is pretty good. I love the connection he obviously brings from times gone by.. obviously not just as a driver. I often wonder just how good his son Adam might have been.. I suspect he would have struggled in a Petty car but like Jr, perhaps gotten a better ride at Hendrick or Gibbs.. The loss of Adam was like a path or step to NASCARs past lost.. never to be returned.. a damn shame.. SOon there will be ZERO drivers with true roots to NASCAR beginnings left in the sport.. I guess I am ok with that but at the same time, saddened.
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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Kyle is another driver that went from something of an a-hole to considered one of the best people in the sport.
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Kyle is another driver that went from something of an a-hole to considered one of the best people in the sport.
The only thing i remember specifically was when he said "My name is KYLE, not RICHARD." It had to hard to walk around in the Kings shadow all the time. I think Jr benefited some by having that initial success, winning 2 Busch Series Championships and then winning a lot his first few seasons in CUP.. Of course, i think Jr got started a little later than Kyle so he might have been a tad more mature..
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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And Jr's parents were divorced so he wasn't around his dad 24/7, so a different dynamic. Kyle Petty definitely had a chip on his shoulder wanting to be his own man, whereas JR's rarely shown that.

I really like Kyle in the booth. Wish NBC would switch it up.
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Old 01-28-2017, 06:20 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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And Jr's parents were divorced so he wasn't around his dad 24/7, so a different dynamic. Kyle Petty definitely had a chip on his shoulder wanting to be his own man, whereas JR's rarely shown that.

I really like Kyle in the booth. Wish NBC would switch it up.
I like Kyle more now as a commentator than I did as a driver. He is a thorn in NASCARS side and unlike most other commentators, not afraid to voice his true opinions.

Like I said before, when your dad is king you can get away with more.
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Old 01-28-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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hehe absolutely. Kyle is also not afraid to call a dumb move on the track a dumb move. He calls drivers out but not in a mean spirited way. That's good. The others are too timid that way.
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