NASCAR King dines with King of Jordan

Tuesday, March 30, 1976 – Richard Petty, a six-time champion in NASCAR’s premier series, attended a State dinner at the White House where he dined with King Hussein of Jordan as well as President Gerald Ford.

“Richard was getting real hungry and had to go to the White House to get a little bit to eat off the government,” Lee Petty, Richard’s father, told the media.

The defending series champion, Richard Petty had one win in ’76 at the time of his visit and was among those favored for the upcoming weekend’s race at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, where he had 13 career victories.

Also attending the State dinner were heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali and jockey Willie Shoemaker.

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