Petty powers way to first pole

Sunday, May 29, 1960 – Richard Petty earns his first career pole in the NASCAR premier series prior to the running of a 110-lap race at Orange Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C. The future NASCAR Hall of Fame driver was joined by his father, Lee, in the all-Petty front row. Richard would go on to finish sixth in the race; Lee Petty won the event.

Petty’s previous best start was second, which also came at Hillsborough, a .9-mile dirt track, the previous year. Once again, Lee Petty was the race winner.

By the end of his career, Richard Petty had won 123 poles, tops for the series. Among active drivers, closest to the record is Ryan Newman with 51 career poles.

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